Institutionalizing the Safe System Approach in Transportation Planning and Programming

The Safe System approach, initiated about 30 years ago as a global movement, has achieved significant safety improvements by adopters such as Sweden, the Netherlands, Australia, and New Zealand. At the center of the Safe System approach is humans’ ability to tolerate crash force. The Safe System approach requires commitment and action by stakeholders (including planners, roadway system designers and managers, roadway users, law enforcement, and vehicle manufacturers) to build in redundancy that protects roadway users and reduces roadway fatalities and serious injuries. Commitment and collective action by stakeholders contributes to a positive safety culture. The objective of this research is to develop a practical toolkit for transportation and planning agencies that presents proven, innovative, and emerging strategies to institutionalize the Safe System approach throughout planning and programming processes. To ensure usefulness and practicality of the toolkit, the draft deliverables should engage a range of agency practitioners for review and comment.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $400000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 08-171

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Project Managers:

    Schwager, Dianne

  • Performing Organizations:

    Fehr & Peers

    Washington, District of Columbia  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Mitman, Meghan

  • Start Date: 20231030
  • Expected Completion Date: 20251029
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01846781
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 08-171
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: May 24 2022 7:37PM