Pedestrian safety in the developing world.


This paper describes some of the pedestrian safety research carried out jointly by the UK's Transport Research Laboratory (TRL), Karachi's Traffic Engineering Bureau (TEB) and counterpart organisations in Botswana, Papua

New Guinea and Zimbabwe.

Pedestrian fatalities in Asia, Africa, the Caribbean and the Middle East typically represent more than 40% of all road deaths. Detailed analysis of national data indicates some key differences between developing and

developed country pedestrian accidents. For examnple, Third World pedestrian casualties are more likely to be children and the accidents frequently occur on rural roads and away from junctions.

In Karachi the TEB has pioneered the use of raised pedestrian crossings; in Pakistan, and in Papua New Guinea the Road Authorities have introduced measures such as rural footpaths and improved crossing facilities. The prelimninary results of the evaluation of these measures are presented in this paper, together with the findings from surveys of road

safety education activities in Pakistan, Zimbabwe and Botswana.

Please note that this Output is also listed on the Transport Links web site as an Output of project R5612.


Asian Road Safety Conference, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 25-28 October 1993. TRL - Crowthorne, UK. pp. 17

Pedestrian safety in the developing world.

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