Investing to share the road: UN Environment highlights progress

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No matter where you live or how you travel, everyone begins and ends each trip as a pedestrian. But despite the high societal costs, increasing the road space for cars continues to be a priority for investors and governments.

Launched in 2008 by the FIA Foundation and UN Environment, the Share the Road Programme aims to make investment in people who walk and cycle a priority for governments around the world.

Setting out the achievements of the Share the Road Programme for 2017 in the recently launched annual report, Carly Koinange, Global Programme Lead, called for a change in how we design cities “as the population heads towards nine billion, we need to design mobility for our people, not for our cars”.

The report showcases the global work of the programme covering regional initiatives and country projects in Mexico, Brazil, Ghana, Nigeria, Zambia and Kenya.

A particular highlight of the report is the programmes work on prioritizing the needs of children, in support of the FIA Foundation Child Health and Mobility Initiative.

All over the world children risk their lives every day just to get to school with unacceptable exposure to severe risk from road traffic injury and poor air quality. In 2017 Share the Road has started development of two major toolkits; one for Child Health and Mobility in Africa and one for Safe Routes to School in Latin America and the Caribbean. These tools will help to make streets safe for children by offering a ‘one stop shop’ of resources to help city officials and other stakeholders plan and design practical interventions to improve mobility for children.

Rob Jong, the Head of the Air Quality & Mobility Unit for UN Environment said that we must strive towards a world where pedestrians and cyclists can travel to work, to school and beyond in safety – and that the Share the Road Programme has a key role to play in that vision. He emphasised that the focus on child health and mobility is good news for all citizens, because a street that works for a child, works for everyone.

Download the 2017 Annual Report