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XXVIIth World Road Congress
Proceedings of the Congress

Open Side Event 3 - iRAP Innovation Workshop - Safer Roads for People and Planet - Part 1

Thursday, October 5 14:30 - 18:00
Chair: Rob MCINERNEY, CEO, International Road Assessment Programme (iRAP)
Room: Chamber Hall, 3rd floor

Road safety is critical to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Road crashes remain the biggest killer of young people worldwide and transport produces around 25% of man-made carbon emissions. Innovative policies, tools and action are needed to meet international and national road safety and sustainable transport targets through solutions that deliver for both people and the planet.

Promoting active mobility is central to decarbonizing urban mobility. But as more people move to sustainable modes such as walking and cycling, exposure to conflicts with large, high-speed vehicles increase. It is therefore essential the safety of all road users is at the heart of transport planning and policy. Policy experts are embracing Safe System principles in support of Vision Zero goals and the potential for 5-star users in 5-star modes of transport on 5-star roads at safe speeds to provide the framework for that to occur. 

The 2023 iRAP Innovation Workshop brought together leaders and experts in road safety innovation, policy, technologies and investment from across the world. With the theme “Safer Roads for People and Planet”, presentations and discussions explored innovations in road agency leadership, data, investment planning and finance that can be used to implement change and deliver on the Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2021-2030 and the Paris Agreement. 

This Workshop took place over two days on Thursday 5 (afternoon) and Friday 6 October (morning). Attendance was open to Congress delegates but separate registration was required as seats were limited.

  1. Where are we now?
  2. Presentations
  3. Questions and Answers
  4. Gary Liddle Trophy
  5. What are we planning and building for the future?
  6. Presentations
  7. Questions and Answers
  8. Reflections of Day 1
  9. Organization & Registration

Where are we now?

Welcome and session introduction

• Monica OLYSLAGERS, Global Innovation Manager and Cities Specialist, iRAP


Welcome address
• Jean TODT - United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Road Safety

Where are we … worldwide

  • The latest on PIARC Innovation
    Patrick MALLÉJACQ - PIARC Secretary General
  • Partnerships to deliver: IRF World Road Statistics and Private Sector Coalitions
    Susanna ZAMMATARO - Director General, International Road Federation Geneva

Where are we … at a country level

  • iRAP Safety Insights Explorer: Empowering countries with data informed by the world’s largest road infrastructure safety database
    Greg SMITH - Global Programme Director, iRAP

Where are we … at a city level

  • What’s old is new again in designing global cities
    Paul SUPAWANICH - Director of Programs, Global Designing Cities Initiative

Questions and Answers

 • Monica OLYSLAGERS, Global Innovation Manager and Cities Specialist, iRAP

Gary Liddle Trophy

  • Presentation of the Gary Liddle Memorial Trophy
    Miquel NADAL (iRAP) - Board Chairman
    Meredith LIDDLE (Australia)
    Judy WILLIAMS (Australia)


What are we planning and building for the future?


 • Veronika VALENTOVA, Director of Research and Development, Transport Research Centre (Centrum Dopravniho Vyzkumu)


  • Celebrating success: Case studies from the world
    Judy WILLIAMS - Global Programme and Communications Manager, iRAP
  • Delivering safer roads in support of Target 3 for 3-star and better roads
    Bosco MARTI - Global Director of Institutional Affairs and Communications, Aleatica
  • MCC and iRAP partnership in MCC compact countries and opportunities to spur private sector participation
    Yohannes ABEBE - Global Practice Leader and Senior Director for the Transport and Vertical Structure Group, Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC)
  • Harnessing the power of traffic simulation and data for safer urban road networks: The PHOEBE project
    Martin HARTMANN - Solution Design Manager, Aimsun
  • Star Rating targets and Australia’s multi-billion dollar Safer Roads Fund
    Geoff ALLAN - Chief Executive Officer, Austroads
  • Practical applications of YEA, CycleRAP, Active Travel Tool and Route Review Tool in European cities & the ELABORATOR project
    Monica OLYSLAGERS - Global Innovation Manager and Cities Specialist, iRAP
  • Star Rating for Designs: Safe right from the start
    James BRADFORD - Global Technical Director, iRAP

Questions and Answers

 • Veronika VALENTOVA, Director of Research and Development, Transport Research Centre (Centrum Dopravniho Vyzkumu)

Reflections of Day 1

  • Preparing for 2030: Where are we at and where’s the potential
    Samar ABOURAAD - Safer Journeys Specialist for Europe, iRAP

Organization & Registration

Session Organisers: International Road Assessment Programme (iRAP)
Session Secretary: Judy WILLIAMS, Global Programme and Communications Manager, iRAP
Website: https://irap.org/2023/07/innovation-workshop-programme-released-and-registration-opens/