One of the major projects of the UN Road Safety Collaboration is the production of a series of “how to” manuals which will assist governments to implement some of the recommendations of the World report on road traffic injury prevention. Four partners (the FIA Foundation for the Automobile and Society, the Global Road Safety Partnership, the World Health Organization and the World Bank) have already developed four of these manuals. The manuals are practical and user-friendly, and provide step-by-step guidance on implementing specific interventions.
Each year, more than 270 000 pedestrians lose their lives on the world’s roads. Many leave their homes as they would on any given day – to school, work, places of worship, homes of friends – never to return. Globally, pedestrians constitute 22% of all road deaths, and in some countries this proportion is as high as two thirds. Millions more people are injured in traffic-related crashes while walking, some of whom become permanently disabled. These incidents cause much suffering and grief as well as economic hardship for families and loved ones.