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Inter-American Development Bank

Road safety in the Caribbean region: safe urban mobility

Inter-American Development Bank via edX


Do you know that in most of the Latin America and the Caribbean countries, more than half of the road traffic fatalities are “vulnerable users”?

Studies have shown that most of the world’s traffic deaths and injuries occur in low- and middle-income countries—and the share is rising; more than half of the victims will be pedestrians and cyclists in urban areas. Low- and middle-income countries also have higher levels of traffic deaths among pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists.

Are these enough reasons to get interested in urban mobility?

In Latin America and the Caribbean mobility patterns are changing due to rapid urbanization. We should take this opportunity to challenge the current reality in which cities are built for cars and reshape them into cities for people, reclaiming the streets and public places, making urban mobility more inclusive, safe, and accessible for everyone, particularly for the so-called “vulnerable users”.

In this course, you will learn more about the importance of speed management, safe infrastructure for active mobility such as walking and cycling, and how to effectively combine this knowledge with communication strategies, so you can be part of the task force that is working to improve road safety in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Through readings, videos, hands-on activities, and examples from different countries of the region, this course will support the learners in identifying and applying effective interventions to improve urban mobility.

Enjoy the third course from the Road Safety series, and be prepared to apply these concepts toward safer mobility for all!

This course is "self-paced," so you can enroll at any time, even if the course has been open for a while. You can take it at the time that is most suitable for you inside the enrollment period of the course.

If you opt for the Audit track , you could complete the course free and have 2 weeks to take the course from the day you subscribed.

If you opt for the Verified track , you can access the course in an unlimited way and complete the qualified evaluations until the closing date after making a payment of $10. If you pass, in addition to the verified certificate, you will obtain a digital badge * that allows you to change the way you share your academic and professional achievements, for example, on social media.

*Did you know there is financial aid to opt for the verified certificate?

1. edX financial help: edX offers financial assistance for learners who want to earn Verified Certificates but may not be able to pay the Verified Certificate fee. Subscribe to the course and apply for financial assistance.

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Module 1: Introduction

Introduction to the so-called “vulnerable users” and the concept of Vision Zero for cities.

Module 2: Speed management and child mobility

This module presents the importance of subnational plans for road safety, speed management, and child safety.

Module 3: Towards a safer infrastructure for active mobility

This module shows some good practices and examples of safe infrastructure for cyclists and pedestrians.

Module 4: Motorcycles, challenges, and experiences

This module highlights the risk motorcyclists face and what are some of the challenges and good practices to reduce this risk.

Module 5: Road Safety Communication campaigns

This module shares insights into how to design a campaign on road safety and how could this kind of intervention be sustainable.

Module 6: Key Concepts and conclusions

This module summarizes some of the main ideas, gives you a chance to review the differences between the traditional/old approach and Vision Zero, and includes a final evaluation.

Taught by

Marisela Ponce de León, Ana María Pinto, Eduardo Café, Martín Sosa and Edgar Zamora


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