Presentation of the Conference

"Vision Zero for Sustainable Road Safety in Baltic Sea Region"

5-6 December 2018

Venue: Vilnius Gediminas Technical University Sauletekio al. 11, LT-10223 Vilnius

 

Organized by the Lithuanian-Swedish Academy together with Vilnius Gediminas Technical University and sponsored by Nordic Council of Ministers Office in Lithuania, Scania and Girteka.

Supported by Embassy of Sweden in Lithuania, Embassy of Norway in Lithuania, Lithuanian Ministry for Transport and Communication, Lithuanian Road Administration, Lithuanian Transport Safety Administration, Lithuanian Road and Transport Research Institute, Swedish Transport Administration, Swedish National Road and Transport  Research  Institute  (VT/),  Statens  Vegvesen  Norway and Norwegian Centre for Transport Research (TOI).

 

Road Safety is a major social issue. In Europe, more than 26,000 people die in traffic every year. For every traffic-related death on Europe's roads, there is an estimation of four permanently disabling injuries, eight serious injuries and fifty minor injuries. In addition to human suffering, this is causing the society extensive costs for healthcare, rehabilitation and sick leaves.

The aim of the Conference is to highlight Road Safety by cooperation between Sweden, Norway and Lithuania. The Conference will present and share the experience of road safety.

The aim of the Conference is to highlight Road Safety by cooperation between Sweden, Norway and Lithuania. The Conference will present and share the experience of road safety. Sweden and Norway has for the last 20 years had among the lowest traffic-related death rate in the Europe.

 

At the conference will current and future plans of road safety and its impact on the society be presented by representatives from Ministries responsible for Traffic and Road Safety in Sweden, Norway and Lithuania. Latest research from Universities, Transport Research Institutes, Science Parks and the latest state-of-the-art technology development from the cars-, trucks- and buses industry.

 

Themes for the concurrent sessions:

 

  • Vision Zero Policy and implementation:

 

Vision zero for road safety originated in Sweden in 1995. After more than 20 years of experience Vision Zero is now proposed and developed in countries all over the world. United Nations have included road safety in their sustainable goals. EU have this year proposed a new policy framework - Drive Europe - that base road safety of the internationally recognized Vision Zero policy. Vision Zero as we know it today may have reached different stages of implementation when we look at specific countries which have decided to adopt and follow the principles of Vision Zero. Different countries may face different challenges, barriers and obstacles.

 

The issues we want to focus on and address in Theme 1 could be, but are not limited to:

  1. Description and State-of-the-Art regarding implementatio n of Vision Zero in your country
  2. Implementation and effects of road safety measures
  3. Experiences of barriers and obstacles regarding measure implementation
  4. Aspects of road authority commitment regarding implementation of Vision Zero
  5. Implementation of rules and regulations
  6. Documentation of road accidents
  7. The role of NGOs in promoting Vision Zero
  8. Alcohol interlock implementation
  9. Road user groups and accident types targeted for Vision Zero implementation

 

 

  • Vision Zero - Technology and innovation

 

Technology is constantly developing with new innovations  both  in infrastructure and for vehicles. Connectivity, both between vehicles and between vehicles and infrastructur e, is crucial if we are to achieve higher levels of automation. Mobility of the future need to be sustainable, safe, efficient, while also

being attractive. Road Infrastructure Safety Management that refers to a set of tools road authorities can apply to improve safety of the road network. These tools are Black-spot management (BSM), Road Network Safety Management (NSM), Road

Safety Impact Assessment (RIA) Road Safety Audit (RSA) and Road Safety Inspection

(RSI). While the two first tools named above are reactive {they are based on registered accidents) the last three tools are pro-active, i.e. based on accumulated knowledge to prevent accident to happen. Today, the EC-Directive 2008/96/ECI requires that each member state establishes and implements procedures related to NSM, RIA, Road Safety Impact Assessment (RIA) on the Trans European Network roads.

 

The focus will be on:

  1. Automated, self-driving and safe cars, trucks and busses for the future,
  2. Services that combines different vehicles and transportation modes in connected systems adapted to our transportation needs,
  3. Digital systems for regulating infrastructure,
  4. Road infrastructure Safety Management,
  5. Safety through efficiency and ecology.

 

 

  • Vision Zero - Humans and safety - both individuals and organization

 

In order to achieve vison zero, it is not enough to only focus on the road and the

vehicle we also need to include human behaviour.  This  theme  therefore  addresses different approaches used  to change and  promote  safe practices,  as a driver but also as a vulnerable road user.

 

The focus is on:

  1. Human Factors in Safety Regulation of Complex Socio-Technical Systems,
  2. Initiatives and programs aimed at our younger generation,
  3. Road safe ty training and education aimed at young drivers,
  4. Public education and awareness of road safety,
  5. How to promote positive attitudes and norms towards speeding,
  6. How to encourage the involvement of different stake holders and how to encourage best practice,
  7. Future education and assessment.

 

 

  • Vision Zero - Urban planning and vulnerable road users

As we look to a future of mobility urban planning, we must see communities where Vision Zero is open to all new needs, technologies and trends. To build livable cities, where pedestrians, bicyclists and public transit riders have same priority as cars and trucks, we must begin by always considering the safety implications. Speed limitations and divided space where vulnerable road users share streets  with cars, trucks and buses. Autonomous driving, driverless cars and robotized vehicles must be safe and also feel safe, so our children grow up in cities where safety is the clear and present priority. To ensure the future is safer than the present, we must go beyond claiming that new technologies are a danger; we must engage with coming challenges and help guide them. Vision Zero can be our road map to navigate a fast-changing society. The Vision Zero of tomorrow will be defined by the policies and actions we take today, so planning is essential.

The focus is on:

  1. Automated, self-driving and safe cars, trucks and busses for the future,
  2. Services that combines different vehicles and transportation modes in connected systems adapted to our transportation needs,
  3. Digital systems for regulating infrastructure,
  4. Road infrastructure Safety Management,
  5. Safety through efficiency and ecology.

 

Conference language: English

SCOPE OF ACTIVITIES
The activities are carried out in various forms depending on the task: conferences and seminars, projects, consulting, research and study visits. The primary focus is to benefit and contribute to road safety in the Baltic Sea Region.
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