Community Pedestrian Safety Pilot Project, South Africa

With 32% of child fatalities in South Africa due to road traffic accidents, the Trans African Concessions (TRAC) responded to high country-wide road death statistics by resolving to improve pedestrian safety along a section of the N4 toll route between Pretoria and the Port of Maputo.

Aurecon was awarded full project design, management and community consultation of TRAC’s first Community Pedestrian Safety Pilot Project (CPSPP), and decided to contribute by cofunding the cost of implementing the CPSPP as part of our Corporate Social Investment programme.

The project, which kicked off in 2012, is modelled around research which has indicated that successful pedestrian safety projects at schools have two aspects in common: developing leaders (in this case, through mentoring and coaching) and keeping the programme visible and exciting (in this case, through the creation of an active, involved project steering committee). The project comprises three main aspects: the training of potential Community Pedestrian Officers (CPOs), a period in which the appointed CPOs teach schoolchildren about road and pedestrian safety, and a period of project evaluation.

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