The Transport and Communications Bulletin for Asia and the Pacific is a peer-reviewed journal published once a year by the Transport Division (TD) of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). The main objectives of the Bulletin are to provide a medium for the sharing of knowledge, experience, ideas, policy options and information on the development of transport infrastructure and services in the Asia-Pacific region; to stimulate policy oriented research; and to increase awareness of transport policy issues and responses. It is hoped that the Bulletin will help to widen and deepen debate on issues of interest and concern in the transport sector.
Safer roads and mobility is one of the five pillars of the UN Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020. The pillar emphasizes the need to raise the inherent safety and protective quality of road networks for the benefit of all road users. Activities under this pillar include encouraging governments to set a target to “eliminate high risk roads by 2020”, identify hazardous road locations or sections where excessive numbers or severity of crashes occur and take corrective measures accordingly; and also to promote the development of safe new infrastructure that meets the mobility and access needs through use of independent road safety audit findings in the design and other phases of new road projects. One of the pillar activities also emphasizes research and development in safer roads and mobility by completing and sharing research on the business case for safer road infrastructure. In this regard, the current issue of the Bulletin features articles on the theme of “Designing Safer Roads”.
This issue of the Bulletin comprises of four articles:
Article 1. Recent Progress in Road Safety in the ESCAP Region - by A.S.M. Abdul Quium and Thanattaporn Rasamit
Article 2. Safe Road Infrastructure Design for Highways - by K.K. Kapila, Aseem Prabhakar, and Sandip Bhattacharjee
Article 3. Road Infrastructure and Road Safety - by Ishtiaque Ahmed
Article 4. Engineering Design Standards to Ensure Road Safety: Experiences from India - by Atul Kumar