In 2015, the world community pledged to decrease half the number of deaths and grave injuries caused by traffic accidents by 2020. However, more than 3,200 deaths caused by collisions occur every day, and with the growing number of vehicles, that number can triple by 2030. As is expected, cities with poorly designed streets have the highest rates of injuries and deaths. In fact, 90% of these collusion-related deaths happen in low to middle-income countries, and these incidents have serious consequences. Economic productivity decreases and the quality of life suffers. Luckily, we are witnessing a global movement in the rethinking of street design. The idea of making urban spaces safer used to be limited to European cities, such as Amsterdam or Copenhagen, places where good urban design has been practiced for over 40 years. Today, improvements have been felt everywhere. We selected five cities in Brazil, China, Colombia, and India that are changing the way people navigate urban spaces. Each has implemented innovative design interventions based on the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety.
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