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Safety of pedestrians - our common responsibility

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Safety of pedestrians - our common responsibility

Organisation details

Małopolska Wojewódzka Rada Bezpieczeństwa Ruchu Drogowego
Local / Public Authority
Contact name 
Katarzyna Dobrzańska-Junco
Telephone number 
663-205-779
Please describe the main road safety challenges/problems you have addressed or are addressing. 
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Project activities

If you work together with external partners, list the most important partners and briefly describe their role. 
The project has been included in the Global Bank Safe System Report as a great example to follow - best practices. It has been coordinated with Mr. Antonio Avenoso, ETSC. Partners of the project are members of the Council: Regional Malopolska Road Safety Council (respond directly to Marshall of Malopolska) - the council includes 30 organizations www.brd.malopolska.pl
Please describe the project activities you carried/are carrying out and the time period over which these were implemented. 
The project consisted on 4 pillars: 1. Illumination of the pedestrians crossings in the region. This refers to new illumination or improvement of the illumination that already existed. In 2019, more than 200 pedestrian crossings on national, provincial, county and municipal roads were illuminated in the Malopolska Voivodeship. In this area, Malopolska plays a leading role in the country, and the total amount allocated to this aim in 2019 was approx. PLN 7 millions. In 2020, 122 pedestrian crossings on national and provincial roads were illuminated in Malopolska voivodeship. Main actors involved: • Deputy Marshal’s Office of Malopolska Voivodeship (Łukasz Smółka, President of Malopolska Road Safety Council) • Malopolska Provincial Road Safety Council and its members: - Malopolska Regional Police Headquarters in Kraków - Cities and District Police Headquarters - General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways, Kraków - Provincial Road Authority in Kraków, • Commune self-governments of the Małopolskie Voivodeship 2. Reduction of speed limits before all pedestrian crossings on 2 types of roads. In 2020 , the members of the Council: Regional Headquarters of Police Department, together with Provincial Road Authority in Kraków, following the strategy of the “Safe pedestrian: common responsibility” project, implemented in whole region the reduction of speed limits before all pedestrian crossings on 2 types of roads: regional and national to max. 50 km/h. This implementation was aimed at minimalization of possible risks and crash consequences in the area of pedestrian crossings. The above has been implemented in whole Malopolska. Main actors involved: • Malopolska Provincial Road Safety Council and its members: - Malopolska Regional Police Headquarters in Kraków - Cities and District Police Headquarters - General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways, Kraków - Provincial Road Authority in Kraków, • Deputy Marshal’s Office of Malopolska Voivodeship (President of Malopolska Road Safety Council) 3. Prevention and education campaigns aimed at pedestrian safety. During 2019 and 2020, main projects led by Regional Road Safety Council of Malopolska focused on pedestrians and their visibility were implemented: a) Odblaskowa Szkoła (Reflective School),aimed at students from the region – Malopolska Police Regional Quarters as main organizer (Malopolska Council member). Educational project for all primary schools in Malopolska region, leaded in cooperation with Board of Education of the region and other members as partners. It consists mainly on pedestrians’ safety and is addressed to all families. The participants must involve all local society to pedestrian safety starting from providing reflection materials for children, to local events and initiatives as debates, press interviews on safety, painting, knowledge contests and meeting with Seniors to join common road safety goal. Each year approximately 400 schools from Malopolska region take part in the initiative and more than 60.000 reflective materials are spread. b) Zapnij Pasy – program in Radio Krakow, Radiostrada, dedicated to road safety. Each year minimum 50 editions of 2 hour long program are created together with Malopolska Road Safety Council that shapes the importance of pedestrian road safety themes. During 2019 and 2020 more than 100 programs were prepared and aimed at auditors of Malopolska. c) “Jedź bezpiecznie” - road safety tv program in regional TVP Krakow tv (long-term continuous project). Each year minimum 50 editions of 15 minute long program leaded by a top road safety expert are realized and organized by Malopolska Road Safety Council. The programs are showing practical examples from roads of Malopolska of positive and negative behaviours both drivers and pedestrians. The majority of the episodes stress the pedestrian safety problem. d) Road Show – program based on “peer-to-peer” education methodology, aimed at teenagers who meet directly police, firefighters, doctors, road traffic victims and families of mortal traffic victims who share their experience to prevent and avoid future crashes. The program was focused on pedestrian safety and case studies of pedestrian crashes and gathered in 2019 and 2020 almost 2000 teenagers from Malopolska. e) “To see and to be seen”- animation annual contest aimed at student of primary and secondary schools in Malopolska, theme: pedestrians. Each year more than 100 animations on pedestrian road safety are presented from the region for the finals. f) Economic Forum 2019 and 2020- representatives of Malopolska Regional Council with the Marshal of the region, stressing on national and international audience the importance of proper infrastructure of pedestrian crossings, illumination and safety of pedestrians, prevention and post-crash response. Main actors involved: Malopolska Provincial Road Safety Council and its members - Malopolska Regional Police Headquarters in Kraków - Board of Education in Cracow -Center of Initiatives for Road Safety -Radio Kraków -Regional TV 3 Kraków 4. Post-crash response in the region. Zabawa is a small village in Malopolska, where the only monument for road traffic victims in Poland is located. Here, since many years, association Przejście gathers victims and families from all over the country not only to commemorate the victims, but mainly to help those, who survived and grieved families, leading psychological help, support groups and workshops. The association, member of Malopolska Road Safety Council is also planning to create a professional Center for Trauma Recovery, which would include both psychological and physical help, prevention and social help area for victims, that would in a global and complete form fulfill and cover post-crash response help needs for the country. Thanks to the cooperation with National Road Safety Council and Malopolska Road Safety Council, since 2018, the region has managed to strengthen and implement one, common national celebration of World Day of Remembrance in Zabawa near Tarnów. The celebrations are now officially nationally celebrated in Malopolska in cooperation with FEVR, focusing on the importance of post- crash response. The support of Malopolska Council and its members within “Safe Pedestrian: common responsibility” project – post -crash response pillar, included also economical help in these years (2018-2020) to broaden the number of workshops / psychological help for the victims and families. Both of these two actions within the project: symbolic support as unification of celebrations of World Day of Remembrance and strengthening the importance of post-crash response, as well as financing support of psychological help have had a significant impact not only on all the project, but also nation wide proving that post -crash response in Poland is a very neglected area and there is an enormous will and expectations from the part of victims and families, society expectations to fulfill and respond in the near future. Actors involved: • Malopolska Provincial Road Safety Council and its members: -Association Przejście (The Passage), - Association Center of Initiatives for Road Safety Improvement, • European Federation of Road Traffic Victims FEVR, Motor Transport Institute, National Road Safety Council
List the actions you carried/are carrying out 
Date 
Thursday, 12 May, 2022

Evaluation

What has been the effect of the activities? 
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Please briefly explain why your initiative is a good example of improving road safety. 
In 2021 the Council and its members continue: - Illumination of pedestrian crossings: 82 pedestrian crossings for provincial roads assigned for illumination , with possibility to increase them to the number of 118 - Enforcement of new law in Poland concerning pedestrians (valid since June 1st 2021): priority not only for those who are on the crossing, but also for those who enter the the crossing - regional strong pedestrian campaign of all members - New economical support for psychological help for the Victims and the Families - Continuation and enforcement of education programs aimed at pedestrians In 2022 the Marshal of the region announces next 59 illumination of the pedestrian crossings. Additional information How does the project meet the Safe System Principles? We accept that people make mistakes and that the body has limited physical ability. That is why we change the attitudes towards prevention and education. We also focus on change of infrastructure so that the pedestrians are safer and more visible. We strengthen the post-crash response. The Council joins over 30 organizations among others national, regional, non-profit organizations – all together from different perspectives as a shared responsibility. How can the pilot project be used to scale road safety in the region/country? The project has been applied in the region of Malopolska, part of it ( illumination project) has been applied after 2 years in whole country. The project could easily be implemented in other regions, as the safety of pedestrians is one of the main problems not only in Poland. Who are the main actors of the project? Regional Malopolska Road Safety Council (respond directly to Marshall of Malopolska) - the council includes 30 organizations www.brd.malopolska.pl Malopolska Police www.malopolska.policja.gov.pl Regional Authorities of Malopolska. www.malopolska.pl
How have you shared information about your project and its results? 
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