In 2008, the United Nations added Global Technical Regulation #9 - Pedestrian Safety to the Global Registry. This regulation seeks to better protect the thousands of pedestrians and cyclists that are injured by motor vehicles each year across the globe.
Data collected from the International Harmonized Research Activities Pedestrian Safety working group demonstrates that pedestrian safety is a worldwide challenge.
In 2013, there were 4,735 pedestrian and cyclist deaths in the United States. (WHO)
According to the World Health Organization, 88,865 pedestrians and cyclists die as a result of road accidents in China. (WHO)
26,981 pedestrians and cyclists were killed in road traffic crashes in India in 2014. (WHO)
In the European Union about 7,710 pedestrians and cyclists are killed. (WHO)
In Japan, 2,986 pedestrians and cyclists are killed. (WHO)
In Korea around 2,669 pedestrians and cyclists are killed. (WHO)
In Thailand, there were 3,393 pedestrian and cyclist deaths in 2012. (WHO)
Of those individuals involved in pedestrian/motor vehicle crashes, our most vulnerable populations, children and the elderly, are also the most likely to be in those accidents; children under the age of 15 and adults over the age of 60.
To gain an in-depth understanding of this problem, see this infographic from the World Health Organization.
In partnership with global automotive manufacturers and suppliers, as well as regional law enforcement and road safety agencies, and via outside funding, ICAM has created the Pedestrian Consortium which is focused on protecting vulnerable populations on all roadways throughout the globe.
There are two long term goals for the consortium:
Generate a current and usable data set that companies, public agencies, and researchers can use to protect vulnerable road users.
Establish a global platform for the exchange of new technology, research, and best practices related to improving road safety.
There are four ways in which ICAM will work to achieve these goals:
Engage with local law enforcement to collect cases
Host quarterly consortium meetings to review cases and outcomes
Provide members of the consortium with access to data and subsequent analysis
Disseminate consortium results and analysis to the public and regulatory agencies
We are pleased to partner with Together for Safer Roads, local and state units of government, including:
Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning
Michigan Department of Transportation