Home Menu Search

Speed: an essential part of the safe system approach

26 November 2020

Dr. Shaun Helman, Chief Scientist at TRL takes a look at speed as an essential part of the safe system approach, as part of a "back to basics" series exploring some essential transport issues and busting a few myths.

In this short article he examines what the evidence says and reminds us all what this means for anyone taking a Safe System approach to road safety. 

He emphasisies that: 'The evidence is clear. Management of speed (and for the avoidance of doubt, this means lower speeds in almost all cases) help us achieve much of what we need to as we reinvent transport. It is understood that we are all going to make some mistakes, but we can all improve and take responsibility.

In summary the careful management of speed must form part of the clean, safe and accessible transport system we are ALL building for the future.'

Related news, events and information

The Safe System

22 July 2015 – Adopting the Safe System In order to produce positive road safety outcomes, strong management in all aspects...

Time to Slow Down… Again?

22 February 2021 – Why we need to revisit speed management - A blog by RoadSafe Expert Panel member and Chairman Agilysis Dan...

New Comprehensive Guide from Austroads

20 July 2021 – Following the adoption of The Safe System by Australia and New Zealand as part of their road safety strategies,...

What Works and What Does Not Work

15 March 2021 – A new valuable evidence-based guide on 'What Works and What Does Not Work' in road safety has been issued by...

Highways England makes 'design excellence' pledge for roads

17 June 2015 – The panel comprises experts from the fields of architecture, environment, heritage, design and...

How is the UK''Coronavirus Lockdown'' changing Road Safety?

28 April 2020 – Richard Owen - CEO, Agilysis writes: 'Since the Government's decision to restrict movements on the 23rd of...

Policy Makers urged to adopt the Safe System Approach

2 October 2008 – A new report - Towards Zero: Ambitious Road Safety Targets and the Safe System Approach was issued at an...

Upcoming free NRSPP webinars

16 September 2015 – There are a series of upcoming webinars organised by RoadSafe partner the National Road Safety Partnership...

Making Road Safety Pay

4 November 2014 – 'We can no longer accept sudden, violent road death as such a significant cause of premature loss of life. The...