By the middle of the century the population of the world’s cities is forecast to double, to more than 6 billion people. Ensuring safe and sustainable mobility, and efficient and equitable urban transport planning, is vital.
The FIA Foundation partners with the United Nations Environment Programme to promote safe, clean, fair and green urban mobility through our ‘Share the Road’ initiative. As a member of the Partnership for Clean Fuels & Vehicles and the Climate & Clean Air Coalition, the Foundation is part of global efforts to improve air quality and reduce the environmental impact of motorised transport on urban areas. Our policy and project work promoting ‘Safe Schools’ is designed to support child development and health in urban communities.
Liveable cities are the connection point for much of the FIA Foundation’s work. The challenge demands a holistic approach to delivering road safety, environmental and sustainable transport policies, integrating with policies on education, employment, health and urban planning. The Foundation currently concentrates on two key aspects: encouraging walking and cycling, and policies that promote non-motorised transport; and supporting efforts to improve fuel quality in motor vehicles, in order to reduce air pollution (see our work on air quality).
Together with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) the Foundation launched the ‘Share the Road’ initiative, with an initial focus in East Africa. The initiative provides technical support and funding to governments in the region to assist them in developing non-motorised transport (NMT) policies and to recalibrate transport funding towards provision for pedestrians and cyclists.
An important aspect of ‘Share the Road’ is to redesign urban space to encourage walking and cycling free from fear of injury. This objective also inspires our ‘Safe Schools’ work focused on encouraging policies that support safe routes to school. As places that bring together parents, children, teachers and local government, schools are an ideal hub for promoting the work of building walkable and liveable urban communities.