The Road Safety Authority, the government agency with a remit to “save lives and prevent injuries by reducing the number and severity of collisions on the road” (see here), is preparing a new Road Safety Strategy, 2021-2030. Information on the consultation process can be read here. Cyclist.ie will be making a submission on this process which has a deadline of 18 November 2020.
Several representatives of Cyclist.ie already took part in the online consultation session on the new strategy on 21 October and a delegation from Cyclist.ie met with the new CEO the RSA, Sam Waide, on 03 November.
Our overarching message to the CEO, which will be fleshed out in our written submission, is that the RSA needs to Go Beyond Vision Zero in its new strategy. In other words, it is not sufficient to be aiming to have zero fatalities and serious injuries on the roads – we need to be aiming to have a roads and transportation system which also promotes good physical and mental health, and hence is welcoming for people walking and cycling of all ages and abilities. We need to reduce and ultimately eliminate road danger, and create a society in which active travel is a normal way to get about.
Examples of other points we will be stressing are that collision data and their analyses need to be far more thorough, and there needs to be close coordination between the collating of hospital Accident Department (AD) data on road traffic collisions and Garda data. Other points we are stressing are the need for lower safer speed limits in all built-up areas and a change in the language used in reporting on collisions. On this latter topic, see this article by Cycling UK: What’s in a word? Cycling UK helps draw up new media guidelines.
Over the coming days we will be drafting our submission to the RSA, so if there are particular points you would like us to stress in our submission, please contact us and keep in touch.
Post-script of 22 Nov 2020
You can find our submission sent into the RSA on 22 Nov (the extended deadline) here.