Safer Roads for Vision Zero

Guiding cities in initiating systematic road design changes, building infrastructure that is safe for all users and formulating laws and other measures to ensure safe mobility.

Over 150,000 deaths in traffic crashes occur every year in India imposing huge social and financial costs, particularly in low- and middle-income households. Nearly half of these fatalities, occurring in cities or suburban areas, affect the working-age populace the most. Also, children, elderly and the poor are very vulnerable.

Research from WRI Ross Center and the Global Road Safety Facility, World Bank finds that the most effective way to prevent traffic deaths is a systemic approach that shifts responsibility away from the drivers and pedestrians using the roads, and instead puts the onus on city planners and officials designing them. Analysis in 53 countries found that cities that have taken a ‘Safe System’ based approach have achieved both the lowest rates of fatalities per 100,000 inhabitants and the greatest reduction in fatality levels over the past 20 years.


Safe System is a systemic approach that reduces people’s exposure to fatal crash forces by keeping speeds within manageable levels and offering safer mobility and development alternatives. Our Vision Zero strategy is based on the five principles of the Safe System framework -

  • Enabling safe speeds and speed management.

  • Enabling comprehensive road safety policy, legislation and regulation and regional, national and international levels.

  • Enabling on-the-ground interventions in cities through close technical support on safe mobility and safe streets projects.

  • Scaling up impact through city-wide comprehensive road safety plans and policies.

  • Scaling up impact through capacity building, training, research, data analysis and support.