For teenagers in developing countries, there is no greater threat to life than road traffic crashes: road crashes are the leading cause of preventable death of youth aged 15 to 29 years, and the second cause for those aged 5 to 14 years.(6) The risks are even higher for children with disabilities, who are also more exposed to non-fatal injuries from road crashes.
In this thematic brief, the importance of inclusive urban planning is emphasised. Urban mobility and road safety challenges discussed include: safe crossing points over roads and collective transport (particularly buses).
Two case studies are provided: Safer access to school for disabled students in Kenya; and School access and pedestrian safety improvements in Democratic Republic of Congo
Recommendations for improvements in policies and actions are given under the headings:
- 1. Strengthening the policy and financial framework for safe and inclusive mobility, based on evidence and through participative processes
- 2. Removing the barriers to safe and accessible mobility, focusing on: the built environment; transport and vehicles; people