UN Environment Share the Road urges governments to invest in pedestrians and cyclists

Kampala Kenya | Flickr User Gilles Bassière

UN Environment Share the Road is urging governments in developing countries to invest in pedestrians and cyclists, as this can save lives, help protect the environment, improve air quality and support poverty reduction. Meeting the needs of pedestrians and cyclists continues to be a critical part of the mobility solution for helping cities decouple population growth from increased emissions, and to improve air quality and road safety. Safe, convenient, inclusive transport infrastructure will help people move away from cars to healthier modes of transport.

Kampala, Uganda | Flickr User –
Development Planning Unit University College London

As a child growing up in São Paulo, Brazil, I remember walking to school every day with my friends, and back home again. Road traffic injury is now the leading cause of death for children and young adults aged 5-29 years; it is heartbreaking to know that thousands of children around the world die, making that same journey that I used to,” said Lucas di Grassi, racing driver for Formula E, CEO of Roborace and Clean Air Ambassador for UN Environment, who wrote the foreword for this year’s report.

Sao Paulo | Flickr User – Francisco Anzola

The 2018 annual report showcases the work of the Share the Road Programme in 2018, spanning seven country projects and a host of global advocacy events and initiatives. The report also gives a platform for external authors to give their outlook on non-motorized transport-related issues. Download the report at https://www.unenvironment.org/news-and-stories/story/safe-roads-cyclists-and-pedestrians-un-environment-share-road-programme-2018