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Improving Road Safety

Road safety is a pressing global public health challenge that receives limited attention and insufficient resources to address the problem. Road traffic crashes are the eighth leading cause of death around the world, killing nearly 1.35 million people and injuring as many as 50 million every year. Cities and countries, particularly low- and middle-income countries where the vast majority of traffic crashes and deaths occur, often lack the expertise and support they need to tackle key road safety threats: weak and inadequate road safety laws; limited police enforcement of existing laws; minimal or nonexistent vehicle safety standards; and streets designed solely for vehicle use that fail to consider other road users like pedestrians. In response to this challenge, Bloomberg Philanthropies has committed $500 million since 2007 to support road safety interventions in low- and middle-income countries and cities around the world.

Bloomberg Philanthropies Initiative for Global Road Safety

Many of the world’s roads lack important safety regulations that could help prevent traffic injuries and deaths. To fill this void, The Bloomberg Philanthropies Initiative for Global Road Safety focuses on improving road safety laws in 15 countries and on and implementing evidence-based interventions in 20 cities.

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Bicyclists in Bandung, Indonesia wearing helmets as part of Bloomberg Philanthropies Road Safety program.
Bicyclists in Bandung, Indonesia wearing helmets as part of Bloomberg Philanthropies Road Safety program.

Top photo: A busy intersection in Mumbai, India was redesigned with colorful barriers and crosswalks making pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers safer. Photo credit: WRI India

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