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A world free of high-risk roads

How Safe Are The World’s Roads? Where Are We Now?

Do you have a footpath? Is the road divided?
Are the roadsides safe? Are the speeds appropriate?

The UN Global Road Safety Performance Targets are now providing a common global standard to benchmark the safety of the world’s roads. iRAP Partners around the world have now collected over 1,000,000km of data across more than 100 countries. Thanks to our friends at Advantage Data we are now unlocking the power of that data. Looking at a sample of 358,000km of recent data and over 400 million data points helps you to explore the safety of the world’s roads for each road user. Refer to the Notes on use to understand the background and tips on using the data.

Star Ratings for all Road Users

Star Rating and Investment Plan inspections create a rich source of data that provides an insight into why road trauma remains one of the world’s leading public health challenges. Based on evidence-based research, Star Ratings for pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and vehicle occupants provide an objective measure of the likelihood of a crash occurring and its severity. 1-star is the least safe and 5-star is the safest.

Ensuring more than 75% of travel is on 3-star or better roads
for all road users by 2030 will save lives on a scale that matters.

Star Ratings by road user type based on a 358,000km sample of roads across 54 countries:

The Road Features that Matter

Road deaths and injuries are predictable and preventable.  Head-on fatalities occur on undivided roads.  Run-off road fatalities occur where the roadsides are unforgiving.  Pedestrian fatalities occur where sidewalks are missing, safe crossing facilities don’t exist or speeds are inappropriate.  Bicycle fatalities occur where there are no bike lanes or safe crossing points.

Looking at each road user and the key road features that matter for their safety can help show how the world’s roads currently perform, and highlight the basic safety features that are missing.  The attributes below are routinely collected as part of Star Rating assessments along with 30-plus other attributes that matter. Large scale action worldwide to address these gaps will save many lives and help ensure we achieve more than 75% of travel on the equivalent of 3-star or better roads by 2030 in support of the UN targets.

The road features that matter based on a 358,000km sample of roads across 54 countries:





Insights by Income Level

Country income level insights based on a 358,000km sample of roads across 54 countries.
Star rating by road user group:

Country income level insights based on a 358,000km sample of roads across 54 countries.
The road attributes that matter:

Roads Under Analysis

iRAP assessments span over 1 million kilometres of global roads. The iRAP Big Data analysis is based on just a 358,000km sample of Star Rating and Investment Plan assessments across 54 countries as indicated on the following map :

*Black line = analysed road network.

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