The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) was selected among ten cities in the world and five countries to benefit from technical assistance that aims at reducing fatalities and injuries from road traffic crashes in the city. This was initiated by the Bloomberg Philanthropies, a non-profit making organization based in the United State of America. The programme also aims at working at both the national level to strengthen road safety legislation; and the city level to implement proven road safety interventions.
As part of the initiative, the AMA in collaboration with Bloomberg and the WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities is organising a day's workshop on "Cities & the Safe Systems Approach to Traffic Safety". This forms part of the safer mobility / safer streets component of the initiative.
The workshop centres around two key themes:
- the safe systems approach to traffic safety, which acknowledges that humans are fallible and road systems must be designated to account for those mistakes, and there is only a certain amount of physical force a body can withstand in traffic crash; and
- given this relationship, how can cities and streets be designed to be safe for all road users, as Cities Safer by Design?