Russia proposed to introduce a new road design system

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In Russia, it is possible to save up to 20 thousand people annually who are involved in an accident. For this, a special Vision Zero program can be introduced in cities, which has already proven itself in Sweden and the Netherlands. This is stated in a press release received by Izvestia on August 28.

It is noted that the draft program is presented on the crowd platform in preparation for the Strong Ideas for the New Time forum, organized by the Agency for Strategic Initiatives (ASI) and the Roscongress Foundation.

Vision Zero was adopted in Sweden and the Netherlands several decades ago. As a result, no fatal accidents occurred in Helsinki in 2019, and only one accident in Oslo.

The program can reduce the number of people killed or injured in accidents down to zero by eliminating deficiencies in the road system, updating regulations, traffic rules and street design.

In Russia, the authors of the idea propose to test it on three pilot cities with different population sizes and climatic conditions. For this, it is proposed to create the municipal headquarters of Vision Zero.

“People tend to make mistakes on the road, but human errors must be included in the approach to traffic management and thereby prevent fatal and particularly serious accidents. Engineers around the world know how to design lanes to increase vehicle speed. And in the Netherlands they know how to design roads to “calm down” traffic, ”notes the author of the idea, Vladimir Kumov.

Initially, the project will be presented to the first persons on the forum. In case of a positive decision, it is planned to create a working group of the project already this year. The pilot cities will be determined in 2021.

On August 11, it was reported that in the first half of 2020, the number of fatal accidents involving carsharing cars increased in Moscow.

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