International Seminar "Building Road Safety Capacity"

02-04 October, Warsaw (Poland)

This International Congress, organised by the Polish General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways, was held in Warsaw, Poland; this year it teamed up with World Road Association Technical Committee 3.2 "Design and Operation of Safer Road Structure" and the World Bank for a truly international event.

Seminar Programme

In his welcoming speech, Mr Sławomir Nowak, the then Poland's Minister in charge of Transport, pointed out that after significant progress in Road Safety, Poland intends to remain active in following years through its National Road Safety Programme: The 4 Es Strategy: Engineering, Emergency, Enforcement and Education.

The introductory sessions gave an overview of National Road Safety Policies and the Safe systems approach. 250 participants from all five continents could then choose from 9 parallel sessions and 3 workshops, on subjects ranging from Roads Safety Audits, through ITS- and engineering solutions, to vulnerable users and the use of campaigns in road safety work.

One of the workshops, led by TC 3.2.3 Work Group Leader Brendan Marsh, focused on engineering solutions addressing Driver Distraction and Fatigue with some exciting new developments (Refer to the WG3 article published in Routes/Roads 360 in online version). The participants upheld TC 3.2.3's assumption that most of our driving is done subconsciously and that some different cues are required to stimulate the subconscious.

At the closing plenary, the Congress identified that the essential ingredients for road safety included political will and financing organisations, linking authentic road safety to funding. Furthermore, all jurisdictions and organisations can improve by adopting the Safe Systems approach, which requires:

  • Shared responsibility for road safety to be established across its pillars;
  • Acceptance that road users are fallible, so that road safety becomes much less dependent on good road user behaviour;
  • System design to contain potential crash energies to beneath the human tolerances for serious injury.

Many of our existing road regulations, standards and guidelines were developed during earlier road safety philosophies, leaving room for significant improvement of our practices, which, as repeatedly demonstrated at the Congress, often provide other transport benefits and lower project costs. As a result, more forums should be organised to exchange ideas and collaboratively embed road safety across the system.

The Congress successfully built road safety capacity across the diverse range of participants, and concluded that we all share the responsibility to innovate in order to achieve progress towards a zero road crash fatalities vision.

Proceedings of International Seminar

International Seminar Programme - 02-04 October 2013
"Building Road Safety Capacity"

First day of the Congress (02 October)

Hour

Activity and Presenter

12.00-14.00

Lunch

 

ROOM A

14.00-14.30

Opening speeches
- GDDKIA - Lech Witecki, General Director for National Roads and Motorways, Polan
- PIARC (en anglais) - Jean-François Corté, Secretary General, PIARC
- WorldBank - Xavier Devictor, Country Manager for Poland and the Baltic Countries

14.30-16.00

Plenary session: National road safety policies - cases studies
Moderator: Radosław Czapski, Bank Światowy, Polska

National Road Safety Programe 2013-2020 (Polish)
Maciej Mosiej, National Council of Road Safety, Poland

UN Global of Action for road safety 
Hans Joachim Vollpracht, World Bank Road Safety Audit and Road Work Safety in Kazakhstan, Germany

Comparison of national road safety policies and plans 
George Mavroyeni, VicRoads, Australia

16.00-16.30

Coffee break

16.30-18.00

Plenary session: Safe System Approach
Moderator: Tawia Addo-Ashong, World Bank, Washington

Safe Systems Theory and Practical Implementation 
Brendan Marsh (Australia), Main Roads Western Australia - PIARC

Implementing Safe Systems in Low and Middle Income Countries 
Tawia Addo-Ashong (USA), World Bank

Systemic management of road infrastructure safety (Polish)
Andrzej Maciejewski (Poland), General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways

EU Regulatory Perspective and Funding Instruments for Smart/Connected Mobility
Paweł Stelmaszczyk, European Commission, DG MOVE - Smart Infrastructure - instruments supporting infrastructural innovative
solutions for the improvement of mobility and traffic safety in the framework of the EU Transport Policy (White Paper, TEN-T
Guidelines and Connecting Europe Facility)

18.00-19.00

Dinner - Galeria Porczyńskich

19.00-21.00

Sightseeing of Warsaw -> Transfer to the hotel

Second day of the Congress (03 October)

Hour

Activity and Presenter

9.00-9.15

ROOM A

Official Opening of the 2nd day of the Congress: Speech of Mr Sławomir Nowak, Minister of Transport, Construction and Maritime Economy

 

ROOM A

 ROOM B

9.15-10.30

Session I: Road Safety Audit as a tool of safety of road traffic
Moderator: Marian Tracz, Cracow Technical University, Poland

Methods of management of road infrastructure safety based on the risk (Polish)
Kazimierz Jamroz , Gdańsk Technical University, Poland

Road Safety Audit Guideline
Lise Fournier, Ministry of Transport, Canada Quebec

Experiences in introducing road safety audit in Poland (Polish)
Marian Tracz, Cracow

The first road safety audit training courses in Hungary
Attila Borsos, Gyoer University, Hungary

Session II: ITS as effective tool in improving road traffic safety
Moderator: Marek Litwin - ITS Poland

Road traffic safety and ITS - review of EU projects (Polish)
Wojciech Suchorzewski, Warsaw Technical University, Poland

ITS measures in the management of crisis events on the example of the City of Toronto
Roberto Stopnicki, Canada

Use of ITS in road management on road network in England
Chris Lines, UK

Actuarial research on the effectiveness of Collision Avoidance Systems FCW & LDW
Ron Shachar, Israel

10.30-11.00

Coffee break

11.00-12.30

Session III: Effective management of roads and traffic for the sake of road traffic safety
Moderator: Mike Griffith, Federal Highway Administration, USA

Polish experiences in conducting road inspections including identification of threats on the road (Polish)
Marcin Budzyński, Gdańsk Technical University, Poland

Training and certification of Road Safety Experts for the application of Road Safety Audit and Road Safety Inspection procedures to selected secondary roads
Xavier Cocu, Belgium and Peter Saleh, Austria

Road Safety Audit in Slovenia
Uros Brumec, Company for Development of Infrastructure Ltd., Slovenia

Management of dangerous road sections in Estonia
Andres Piibeleht, Estonian Road Administration, Estonia

Session IV: Signs and variable message signs as a tool to improve road safety
Moderator: Wojciech Suchorzewski, Warsaw Technical University, Poland

VMS EasyWay ESG4 (VMS Harmonisation)
Antonio Lucas-Alba, Spain

Influence of communication systems on driver's behaviour in shaping messages on variable message signs (polonais)
Tadeusz Rotter, Cracow Academy, Poland

Assessment of message legibility on VMS tables (polonais)
Kazimierz Jamroz, Gdańsk Technical University, Poland

12.30-14.00

Lunch

14.00-15.30

Session VI: Effective management of roads and traffic for the sake of road traffic safety
Moderator: Kazimierz Jamroz, Gdańsk Technical University, Poland

ASAP (Appropriate Speed Save All People) project dealing with Speed management in Work Zones
Lorenzo Domenichini, University of Florence, Italy

Rural speed management (effective treatments for managing speeds on rural roads) and Urban arterial speed management
Blair Turner, ABB Group, Australia

Methodology of defining section of roads to cover with automatic surveillance over dangerous speed (Polish)
Kazimierz Jamroz, Gdańsk Technical University, Stanislaw Gaca, Cracow Technical University, Poland

Session V: Shaping of safe behaviours of the participants of road traffic through infrastructural means, control and education
Moderator: Lars Ekman, Traffikverket, Sweden

Human factors/spatial perception of the environment
Daniel Aubin, DESSAU inc. Canada Quebec

The big challenge to improve safety for vulnerable road users
Lars Ekman, Traffikverket, Sweden

Roads that'talk' to the users
Obio Chinyere, Traffic Safety Council, Zimbabwe

Roads of Trust - the programme of protection of people's life and health on national roads (Polish)
Łukasz Skorupski, GDDKiA, Poland

ROOM C - Workshop: Driver distraction and fatigue with a focus on road engineering solutions - contribute to the developing

Brendan Marsh

15.30-16.00

Coffee Break

16.00-17.30

Session VII: Engineering solutions and their influence on effectiveness and safety of road traffic
Moderator: Hans Joachim Vollpracht, World Bank Road Safety Audit and Road Work Safety in Kazakhstan, Germany

Treatment of linear settlements along highways
Hans Joachim Vollpracht, World Bank Road Safety Audit and road Work Safety in Kazakhstan, Germany

Current problems and tendencies in roundabouts design
Marian Tracz, Cracow Technical University, Poland

Engineering solutions and their influence on effectiveness - Lithuanian experience
Egidijus Skrodenis, Lithuania

Session VIII: Vulnerable road users
Moderator: Steve Proctor, University of Warwick, UK

Motorcycle Safety
Jamilah Mohd Marjan, Malaysia

Safe to School - Safe to Home
Boris Poleganow
, GRSP Poland

Vulnerable Road Users in UK
Steve Proctor, University of Warwick, UK

Leading road users towards (self ) responsibility
Volker Fröse
, ASTRA, Switzerland

ROOM C - Workshop: Accident investigation - contribute to the developing update of the PIARC

Daniel Aubin, DESSAU inc. Canada

19.30

Gala Dinner - Radisson Blu Sobieski Hotel, Marysieńka Restaurant

Third day of the Congress (04 October)

Hour

Activity and Presenter

 

ROOM A

ROOM B

09.00-10.30

Session IX: Engineering solutions and their influence on effectiveness and safety of road traffic
Moderator: Francesca La Torre, University of Florence, Italy

Influence of chosen factors on the safety of road traffic on the section of roads
Stanislaw Gaca, Mariusz Kieć, Cracow Technical University, Poland

Influence of geometric solutions and cross-section on safety
Francesca la Torre, University of Florence, Italy

Factors influencing traffic safety on intersections and national road junctions in Poland (Polish)
Lucyna Gumińska, Gdansk Technical University, Poland

Session X: Road Safety Manual PIARC

Blair Turner and Mike Griffith, PIARC

10.30-11.00

Coffee Break

11.00-12.30

Plenary closing session - Panel discussion: Actions taken and building road safety capacity
Moderator: Brendan Marsh

- Jean-François Corté, Secretary General, PIARC
- Tawia Addo-Ashong, World Bank, USA
- Andrzej Maciejewski, General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways, Poland

12.30-14.00

Lunch

The seminar

International Seminar "Building Road Safety Capacit" - World Road Association