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School Zone Road Safety Assessment Using the iRAP Star Rating for Schools (SR4S) Methodology

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School Zone Road Safety Assessment Using the iRAP Star Rating for Schools (SR4S) Methodology

Please describe the main road safety challenges/problems you have addressed or are addressing. 
School age children safety
What are your objectives? 
Improve safety of roads around schools and raise the awareness among children, parents, teachers, school principals
Students who walk to school often have to deal with traffic, weather conditions and other distractions along the way. Every hour, nearly 150 children between ages 0 and 19 are treated in emergency departments for injuries sustained in motor vehicle crashes. More children ages 5 to 19 die from crash-related injuries than from any other type of injury. In this project which was supported by the Global Alliance of Road Safety NGOs as a follow up activity after the Alliance Advocate Training Program in New Delhi in Nov 2018, road safety situation around 8 primary schools in Tehran and Mashhad cities were assessed using the Star Rating for Schools (SR4S) methodology. For school assessment, different data for 8 schools such as traffic volume, number of students, operational speed, road width, crossing facilities, etc were gathered and using the iRAP SR4S application safety scores were calculated. The local road authority last year had a plan for schools’ safety prioritization using their own method (done by a consultant) and the interesting point was that after comparing the results from SR4S and their method, they found SR4S more accurate and reliable. we approached local road authority managers and in fact, we were so lucky that last year their safe schools program was delayed and we had a chance to negotiate about the schools’ priority. Safety improvement treatments were done in 4 schools with lowest stars and reassessment of schools showed meaningful safety enhancement both in allocated scores and star rating. The safety score for Shohada, Imam Ali and Azmoodeh School were 243,192 and 65 respectively that decreased to 37, 11 and 10 after treatment. In SR4S it means the start rating for these 1-star schools has been improved to 3,4 and 2-star respectively. The used School Sign, Delineation, Speed Bump, Road Studs, On-road thermoplastic school sign to improve the safety of schools. The behavior of road users is the factor must be considered as well and education and enforcement still have their key roles for saving more lives on the road. We had fruitful meetings with local office of Ministry of Education that apart from our routine road safety education for school children, led to a training session for school teachers. Interview with school authorities and some of parents helped us know the most important concerns on road safety and recognize some of the root causes that safety problems stem from them.

Project activities

If you work together with external partners, list the most important partners and briefly describe their role. 
Global Alliance of Road Safety NGOs iRAP
List the actions you carried/are carrying out 
Date 
Tuesday, 5 February, 2019 to Saturday, 21 March, 2020

Evaluation

What has been the effect of the activities? 
iRAP SR4S methodology
How have you shared information about your project and its results? 
Reporting to iRAP SR4S /Paper in conferences/Workshops/Videos on Social Media
How many people did you reach/have you reached? 
Is there a plan for continuing these activities in the coming years? 
Yes
Who carried/carries out the evaluation activities? 
Internal evaluation
When did/will you carry out the evaluation? 
Before and after the intervention
How many groups did you evaluate/have you evaluated? 
Number of interventions groups 
8
Please list the indicators you use to measure success 
iRAP SR4S score
Students knowledge on road safety tips
Please describe the evaluation tools you use (i.e. surveys, interviews, focus groups, etc.) 
iRAP SR4S score/Surveys/Interviews