#Streetforlife #love30 is the United Nations awareness Campaign to call on policymakers to commit to act for low speed streets worldwide, and support for 30 km/h (20 mph) streets where people and traffic mix. This event is held from May 17th to May 23rd in many countries.
The UN General Assembly mandated WHO and the UN regional commissions to plan and host periodic UN Global Road Safety Weeks.
Held since 2007, the #Love30 campaign of the 6th UN Global Road Safety Week advocates for Streets for Life by making 30 km/h (20 mph) speed limits the norm for cities worldwide in places where people mix with traffic.
The Week is the occasion to garner policy commitments at national and local levels to deliver 30 km/h speed limits in urban areas; generate local support for such low speed measures in order to create safe, healthy, green and liveable cities; and officially launch the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2021-2030 and its Global Plan.
Addressing the risk of death in road traffic is fundamental to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically those affecting health security, sustainable cities, poverty, and reducing inequalities among and within countries. Policies that tackle the impact of road traffic, and create environments for safe, sustainable and inclusive transport options, also unlock action for protecting the climate and gender equality too.
A paradigm shift in how streets are designed, starting with low speeds where people and traffic mix, makes streets safe, accessible, enjoyable and equitable for all road users, delivering multiple benefits for all whilst accelerating action across interlinking SDGs.
The Principality of Monaco started its campaign of awareness on road safety on May 8th, 2021 during the Monaco Formula E-Prix.
For the occasion, H.S.H Prince Albert II of Monaco, Head of State, empowered different organizations to support the UN Road Safety Campaign, using this special event of the Monaco Formula E-Prix that promotes sustainable mobility at the highest level of innovation.
For years, Monaco has been to committing to encouraging the population to reduce speed on roards with different tools:
- facilitating and promoting the use of public transports in order to reduce the number of cars on the Monaco roads (the goal being to reduce the use of cars by 20% by the year 2030.
- supporting and putting in safety the use of bikes in the Principality with different cycling lanes.
- promoting the use of scooters for children and allowing them on the city pavements (at a low speed).
- designing a city with roundabouts, safe zebra crossings, etc… in order to reduce the speed of cars on the roads.
- organizing events for children and families whose goal is to teach road safety to the children.
The United Nations France and Monaco are also part of this awareness and organized a social media campaign:
Several international reports are available for the policymakers to commit to speed reduction in cities :
- Managing Speed: https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/managing-speed.
- These are our streets: https://www.fiafoundation.org/connect/publications/these-are-our-streets-manifesto-2030.
- Speed Management: https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/speed-management-a-road-safety-manual-for-decision-makers-and-practitioners.
- Global Street Design Guide: https://nacto.org/publication/global-street-design-guide/.
- The total costs of speed: http://documents1.worldbank.org/curated/en/298381607502750479/pdf/Road-Crash-Trauma-Climate-Change-Pollution-and-the-Total-Costs-of-Speed-Six-graphs-that-tell-the-story.pdf.
- Cities safer by design: https://www.wri.org/publication/cities-safer-design.
For more information about the UN Road Safety Week, you may visit this website: https://www.unroadsafetyweek.org/en/home