TRIPP, the Transportation Research and Injury Prevention Programme at the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, had earlier (in 2005) brought out, The Way Forward: Transportation Planning and Road Safety which may, in a manner of speaking, be considered a prequel to the present volume.
Certain important areas of concern do overlap but the problems of safety and mobility are eternal while the context of time and place is constantly shifting and changing, hence the periodic need to review and reassess the subject under consideration. TRIPP has been organizing an annual International Course on Transportation Planning and Traffic Safety since 1991.
The structure and content of the course has been modified every year based on the feedback received from the participants and the Course faculty. The content of Transport Planning and Traffic Safety: Making Cities, Roads, and Vehicles Safer is based on the lectures delivered in the course, supplemented by relevant additional texts.
This book is intended to be the source book for road safety training courses as well as an introductory textbook for graduate level courses on road safety taught in engineering institutes. In recognition of the importance of Road Safety as a major health issue the World Health Organisation has declared 2011–2021 the Decade of Safety Action.
Several countries in Europe, North America and Asia have been successful in reducing fatalities and injuries due to road traffic crashes; however, many low income countries continue to experience high rates of traffic fatalities and injuries. This book brings together the international experience and lessons learnt from countries which have been successful in reducing traffic crashes and their applicability in low income countries.
The content is interdisciplinary and aimed at professionals – traffic and road engineers, vehicle designers, law enforcers, and transport planners. The objective is to highlight the public health and systems approach of traffic safety with the vulnerable road user in focus.
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