Around the world, over 1.2 million people die on roads each year from traffic injuries, and between 20–50 million people are seriously injured. Bloomberg Philanthropies is dedicated to saving lives through interventions that are proven to reduce traffic fatalities and injuries. Since 2007, we’ve been working with cities and countries in low- and middle-income regions to adopt and implement road safety policies, promote public transportation systems, and design safer roads.
About three-quarters of the global population is expected to be living in cities by 2050. As they grow, cities must work to make their roads safer for all users, from motorcyclists to pedestrians. At the same time, climate change poses new urban planning challenges, requiring cities to build transportation networks that are both safer and more resilient.
The spaces, structures, and surfaces that shape our streets must be rethought, reimagined, and redesigned to function more efficiently and effectively for the needs of more people. We must be creative about the infrastructure we already have, and improve the capability of urban streets to support a healthy, livable, and sustainable future for generations to come.
That is why we have created this Global Street Design Guide, which provides strategies to help cities reduce speeding, prioritize sustainable mobility choices, and design safe streets for all road users. By taking bold action, cities can save lives and build a stronger foundation to support their future growth.
Founder, Bloomberg Philanthropies
Former Mayor of the City of New York