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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 2

Friday, October 6 09:30 - 13:00
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 ran over two days on Thursday 5 (afternoon) and Friday 6 October (morning).
Attendance was open to Congress delegates but separate registration was required. Seats were limited! 

  1. Innovative Results-based Financing and Reporting
  2. Presentations
  3. Questions and Answers
  4. Scaling for People and Planet
  5. Presentations
  6. Questions and Answers
  7. AiRAP Panel Discussion
  8. Questions and Answers
  9. Workshop Closing Address
  10. Organization & Registration

Innovative Results-based Financing and Reporting

Welcome and session introduction
• Steve PHILLIPS, Secretary General, Conference of European Directors of Roads (CEDR)


  • Using Star Ratings to shape road agency strategy and investment in the UK
    Mike WILSON - Chief Highways Engineer, National Highways, UK
  • Safer infrastructure for all road users in the Danube: Learnings from the SABRINA and RADAR projects
    Samar ABOURAAD - Safer Journeys Lead for Europe, iRAP
  • Innovative road safety policy, financing and performance monitoring in Europe
    Marko SEVROVIC - Associate Professor, Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences (FPZ), University of Zagreb and Senior Road Safety Engineer, European Institute of Road Assessment (EIRA)
  • Sustainability linked financing and impact investment to save lives
    Rob MCINERNEY - Chief Executive Officer, iRAP
  • Sharing 55,000km of assessment results to empower decision-makers in Brazil
    Julio URZUA (Global Projects Director, iRAP)
  • Vision Zero infrastructure assessment and 5-star roads
    Ana TOMAZ - Vice President, Portugal National Authority for Road Safety
  • The power of interactive reporting
    Greg SMITH (Global Program Director, iRAP)

Questions and Answers

• Steve PHILLIPS, Secretary General, Conference of European Directors of Roads (CEDR) 


Scaling for People and Planet

• Nneka HENRY, Head, United Nations Road Safety Fund 


  • Innovation and best practice in Safe System performance
    Stephen PERKINS - Special Counsellor, International Transport Forum (ITF)
  • Innovation to drive sustainable mode choice in cities
    Pedro HOMEM DE GOUVEIA - Senior Policy and Project Manager, Governance and Integration, Safety and Security, POLIS
  • Building a network of innovators in urban mobility in Europe
    Lluis PUERTO - Director of Market Development, EIT Urban Mobility
  • Outcome-led design for Target 3: Case studies from the UK and Australia
    Chris FURNEAUX - Director, Arup
  • Optimising the safety and sustainability of global road designs and construction: The iRAP-ORIS partnership
    Hugo PLEY-LECLERCQ - Project Manager, ORIS

Questions and Answers

 • Nneka HENRY, Head, United Nations Road Safety Fund 

AiRAP Panel Discussion

Harnessing data and partnerships to map the safety of every road on Earth in support of Target 4

• Scene setting and panel moderator: Monica OLYSLAGERS, Global Innovation Manager and Cities Specialist, iRAP
• Peter JAMIESON, Managing Director, Anditi
• Richard OWEN, CEO, Agilysis

  • Pannel Discussion
    John MILTON - Chair of the PIARC Road Safety Committee and State Safety Engineer, Washington State Department of Transport
    Marc FIGULS - Managing Partner, Factual Consulting and all

Questions and Answers

 • Nneka HENRY, Head, United Nations Road Safety Fund 

Workshop Closing Address

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/