RADAR project has now entered the final stage of implementation. It is important, maybe more than ever, to strengthen our work on road safety and highlight achievements of the project – with the focus on the future.
A busy and exciting year is in store for the RADAR project with a range of important events (the Final Conference) and meetings on the horizon but above all by supporting and contributing to the Second UN Decade of Action for Road Safety RADAR will deliver the first region-wide Danube Infrastructure Road Safety Improvement Strategy (DIRSIS). The strategy shall be embraced and followed by national road safety responsible authorities which will get us a step closer to our wishes for a fruitful decade. A decade of fewer collisions and reduction of road traffic deaths and injuries by at least 50 % from 2021 to 2030.
DIRSIS as a main deliverable of the RADAR project provides a vision, objectives, and goals for road safety in the Danube Region on four Thematic Areas that RADAR is focusing on (Safer Roads Investment Plans, Provisions for Vulnerable Road Users, Smart Speed Management Infrastructure, and finally Road Safety Near Schools). Drafted together by RADAR partners as a result of the work done within the Road Safety Expert Group (RSEG), it includes the inputs from all participating countries, the knowledge acquired in the training and study visits, and benefits from the results of the Pilot Actions.
This strategy aims for Policy Integration and better-coordinated intervention on road safety infrastructural solutions at a transnational level. Implementation of the strategy, if complemented with higher knowledge and the common use of best practice methodologies and tools in the different countries will result in reduced deaths and serious injuries for vehicle occupants, motorcyclists, cyclists, and pedestrians. It has been estimated that the adoption of the approach set out by this strategy has the potential to reduce severe casualties by around 25-40% on the roads where it is applied.
RADAR addresses the under-performing road safety performance in the Danube Region. The main objective is the improvement of the road infrastructure safety in the region, by raising capacity and enhancing transnational cooperation in the sector, for all road users, including vulnerable road users on the Danube major, secondary, and tertiary road network. Specifically, RADAR aims to overcome the lack of institutional capacity and in specific the capacity of technical personnel and engineers responsible for road safety in the Danube area. The wide geographical coverage of RADAR is designed to raise the standard of infrastructure safety across the network of the Danube region where those least advanced in road safety will learn from the best. RADAR provides a Strategy and Action Plan for road infrastructure investment and demonstrates what the benefits will be over the next 20 years.
In the meantime, check out our activities and events from the previous year HERE.