About this Research Topic
Although we generally speak of “improvement” in global road safety, there is a significant number of countries which still have a long way to go due to historical delays caused by lack of knowledge, capacities, research, development, and resources. This implies a series of challenges and additional difficulties. For instance, policymakers usually face highly complex social problems, e.g., traffic fatalities, with limited evidence and knowledge of the context. Furthermore, evaluations and follow-up experiences documenting the success (or not) of the road safety-related actions performed in the past, as well as the reasons why these strategies were sometimes ineffective, are considerably scarce.
Likewise, road safety is intimately related to sustainable mobility, as well as to other health indicators, of which public transportation development or soft travel modes are examples. This is especially clear in cities, where bigger parts of the population are globally concentrated. This results in consequent problems, among which traffic jams and pollution (unfortunately related to climate change) are especially remarkable.
Luckily, more plans, programs and interventions are being developed by different organizations, cooperation agencies, international development banks, consultants and research centers to apply measures and countermeasures to improve mobility and road safety in emerging countries. However, there are few research studies and scientific dissemination, which implies a loss of opportunities for everyone: the scientific community, practitioners, institutions, governments, and, most importantly, citizens.
This Research Topic aims to gather highly relevant scientific contributions for the study of improvements in road safety, land transportation and sustainable urban mobility. We welcome submissions to compare such improvements between emerging/ developing and developed countries to achieve better knowledge of existing problems and factors associated with them. We also welcome submissions to cover solutions such as plans, intervention programs, measures and countermeasures. Special attention is placed on the assessment of their efficacy in impacting the population’s health and well-being.
We welcome submissions to cover:
(i) The state of road safety, mobility, and land transportation, especially in cities.
(ii) Studies on the behaviors, beliefs, perceptions, motivations, and other psycho-sociological factors of road users.
(iii) Risk factors for health and road safety of road users.
(iv) Relations between social issues and mobility/road safety.
(v) Plans, programs and interventions aimed at the development and improvement of road safety and mobility.
(vi) Measures and countermeasures: human factor, road education, road training, communication campaigns and advertisements, driver’s selection, roads (design and environment), vehicles, enforcement, ITS (Intelligent Transportation System), and other technological solutions.
(vii) Assessment and successful experiences for the improvement of road safety and mobility.
Keywords: Road Safety, Sustainable Mobility, Safe Cities, Emerging Countries, Land Transportation, Intelligent Transportation System, Health and Well-being
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