Transport and Covid-19: responses and resources

Road Infrastructure Safety Management

Research Report

This report describes the most consolidated Road Infrastructure Safety Management (RISM) procedures, analyses their use worldwide, identifies possible weaknesses and barriers to their implementation. It provides examples of good practices and aims to generally contribute to the scientific assessment of RISM procedures. Important parts of this report are based on a survey of road safety authorities in 23 countries on their use of RISM procedures.

Policy Insights

  • Benchmark road infrastructure against good practices in other countries.
  • Implement new minimum safety standards for road infrastructure.
  • Continue evaluation and research to quantify safety impacts of planning decisions.
  • Implement suitable Road Infrastructure Safety Management procedures for each stage of road development including planning design, pre-opening and full operation.
  • Make Road Infrastructure Safety Management procedures legally binding.
  • Involve both road and health authorities when developing road accident data bases.
  • Assure adequate institutional management capacity and investment levels.
  • Use existing tools and guidelines; adopt second-best solutions where state-of-the-art solutions are not feasible.
  • Identify the Road Safety Infrastructure Management procedures that fit specific needs and understand barriers to implementation.
  • Share good practices of Road infrastructure Safety Management procedures and intervention measures.
  • Monitor the safety performance of road infrastructure.
  • Develop self-explaining roads.

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