This paper draws attention to the importance of road safety improvement measures in large cities. Between 70% and 80% of road accidents in Africa occur in urban areas; they are concentrated along main roads and in commercial centres. The proportion of urban accidents in Africa is likely to increase as the proportion of urban population rises. African countries need to develop a road safety strategy to combat their growing accident problem. Because of the large number and geographical concentration of accidents in urban areas, this strategy and their road safety programmes should focus on city-wide accident reduction programmes as part of national road safety campaigns. These programmes could become more effective if designed as integral parts of comprehensive traffic management and road improvement and maintenance schemes. Remedial measures at 'black spot' locations along city corridors and in commercial regions could be especially significant by: (1) improving road capacity and vehicle flow; (2) increasing national productivity and efficiency; (3) saving foreign exchange. The author recommends that agencies involved in urban transport projects, such as traffic and road maintenance improvment programmes, should include a comprehensive programme of road safety remedial measures. Paper presented at the Second ECA/OECD African Road Safety Congress, Addis Ababa, 16-20th October 1989.

  • Corporate Authors:

    United Nations

    Economic Commission for Africa, P.O. Box 3001
    Addis Ababa,   Ethiopia 

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  • Authors:
    • BARRETT, R
  • Publication Date: 1989


  • English

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  • Pagination: 19 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00498539
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 30 1990 12:00AM