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PIARC (World Road Association), founded in 1909 and comprising 125 member governments from all over the world, is the global forum for exchange of knowledge and experience on roads, road transport policies and practices. With consultative status to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, the Association is contributing to a stable and sustainable global development of the road and transport sector.

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Strategic Theme 2 - Mobility

Mobility on roads is a crucial aspect of modern society, enabling people to access essential services, engage in economic activities, and connect with others. The way roads are designed, built, and managed has a significant impact on people's accessibility and mobility, safety, and the environment.

Strategic Theme 2 "Road Mobility" address five key issues related to mobility on roads and outline activities to address these issues.

Technical Committees


Technical Committee 2.1 "Roads for accessibility and mobility in urban and peri-urban areas" considers issues related to roads for accessibility and mobility in urban and peri-urban areas. In urban centres and the urban fringe, cooperation between transport modes is essential to ensure accessibility and mobility. High occupancy lanes and urban vehicle access restrictions can help reduce congestion and improve air quality. Vulnerable road users, such as pedestrians and cyclists, should also be considered when designing roads to ensure their safety.

Technical Committee 2.2 "Roads for equity, accessibility, and mobility in rural and interurban areas" progress topics aimed at towards achieving equity in accessibility and mobility in rural and interurban areas. In rural areas, active modes of transport such as walking and cycling are essential for people's accessibility and mobility. We explore ways to improve road safety in rural areas, increase accessibility, and promote sustainable mobility solutions that meet the needs of all road users, including people with disabilities.

This will involve promoting active modes of transport such as walking and cycling, improving accessibility and mobility in rural areas, and enhancing road safety in these regions.

Technical Committee 2.3 "Sustainable road freight" progress topics related to sustainable freight, which are critical for economic and social development. Sustainable road freight is essential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality. Electric and hybrid trucks can help reduce emissions, and logistics companies can optimize their routes to reduce fuel consumption. Technical Committee 2.3 focus on topics promoting sustainable freight transport. 

This will involve developing efficient road infrastructure for freight transport and highlighting the economic and social benefits of this mode of transport. 

Technical Committee 2.4 "Road network operations and ITS for sustainability" considers Road Network Operations and ITS for Sustainability. The use of new technologies can optimize the operation of the road network, improve safety, and reduce environmental impacts.

Technical Committee 2.5 "Road infrastructure for connected and automated mobility" considers topics related to Road Infrastructure for Connected and Automated Mobility. Connected and automated mobility is the future of transportation. Preparing roads for connected, cooperative and automated mobility and exploring the relationship between automated driving and infrastructure.