This were the principal conclusions reached at the III city meeting on road safety and sustainable mobility, an event organized by the DGT in collaboration with the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and provinces, the Valencian Government and the town council of Torrevieja and with the participation of the MAPFRE FOUNDATION with a presentation on accidents in the city involving older people.
This conference was directed towards people and organizations that are involved in road safety at a local level and it is the third to be convened since 2009, it hopes to promote and share knowledge and experiences and good practices with information on sustainable urban road safety. During 2 days the 25th and 26th of September, various presentations and debates around urban plans, road safety policies, road design education and training or victim support among other related topics to urban road safety:
- To make towns and cities safer and without barriers. A challenge that needs a crosscutting approach taking into account all the potential agents: citizens, social, political and administrative.
- Foster the development of forms of transport as an alternative to the private vehicle (public transport, bicycles, school paths), promote the use of electric vehicles and scrapping of cars over 10 years old to conform with the EU target of a 20% cut in emissions by 2020.
- Maintain focus on plans for safe and sustainable urban mobility and the protection of the most vulnerable groups (older people, disabled people, pedestrians, cyclists and motor bike riders) Demands that have been answered and are reflected in the new traffic regulations and will see during the next few months.
- Guarantee health and social care to accident victims and their families follow up with a fair system of rehabilitation and compensation.
- Education, train and educate people to become active agents in road safety and the transformation of out cities. To this end we propose the promotion of education in road safety from childhood to secondary school, broaden the education to cover ante natal groups or find consensus between parents associations, police and civil protections groups to reduce problems outside schools etc. at peak times.
These points involve citizens not only as consumers of road safety but also as generators. Being a responsible driver, using a seatbelt or ensuring at all times an approved system of child restraint suitable to their age is the way to educate others. At the MAPFRE FOUNDATION we invite you to use good practice in road safety every day, for you and your family and the community as a whole.