If anyone is in DC and interested in attending, there will be a launch event at WRI on
July 23rd for Cities Safer by Design, a global tool for improving traffic safety in cities
through urban and street design. Below is the invitation to this event, rsvps to
Cities Safer by Design
Join us in Washington, DC at World Resources Institute for the launch of and panel
discussion about Cities Safer by Design, a global reference guide to help cities save
lives from traffic fatalities through improved street design and smart urban development.
This hands-on guide taps examples from cities worldwide and includes 34 different design
elements to improve safety and quality of life. The research shows that traffic safety can
be improved in cities two ways. First, by providing an urban environment that reduces the
need for driving; and second, by making areas where vehicles and people mix as safe as
possible by reducing speeds through design to safer levels and prioritizing pedestrians
The report describes on-the-ground examples from Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, and Belo
Horizonte, Brazil, Istanbul, New York City and Paris. Key findings from the report cover
urban design, traffic calming, key considerations for arterials and intersections,
pedestrian facilities, bicycling networks and access to public transport.
This event will include a presentation on the new guide and feature a high level panel to
discuss and explore how cities can implement and scale up safer design that results in
better quality of life for all urban dwellers across the world.
Please RSVP by email at
Ben Welle, Senior Associate, Health & Road Safety, EMBARQ initiative, WRI Ross Center
for Sustainable Cities, World Resources Institute
* Ellis Juan, General Coordinator, Emerging and Sustainable Cities Program,
Inter-American Development Bank
* Rob Puentes, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
* Marc Shotten, Senior Transport Specialist, The World Bank
* Claudia Adriazola-Steil, Director, Health & Road Safety, EMBARQ Initiative,
WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, World Resources Institute
The session will be moderated by Clayton Lane, Deputy Director, WRI Ross Center for
Sustainable Cities, World Resources Institute
When: Thursday, July 23
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
12:30-12:45 Opening remarks
12:50-1:10 Presentation of Cities Safer by Design
1:10-1:45 Panel introductions and discussion
2:05-2:15 Closing remarks
Note: The program will begin promptly at 12:30 p.m.
Where: World Resources Institute
10 G Street NE Suite 800
Washington, DC 20002, USA
Please RSVP via email at
- See more at:
Senior Associate, EMBARQ
WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities
World Resources Institute
Direct: +1 202-729-7794
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