Review of an initial concept of the manual 'Sustainably Safe Road Design'

Report on request of the World Bank
Dijkstra, Atze; Janssen, Theo; Wegman, Fred
The World Bank has requested SWOV to review an initial concept of a manual written by DHV Environment and Transportation in the Netherlands, entitled Sustainably Safe Road Design (DHV, 2004). Drafting this report was funded by the World Bank in cooperation with the Dutch Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management as part of their Partners for Roads programme. More specifically, SWOV was asked to answer three questions: 1. Does the manual reflect and represent the Dutch 'Sustainable Safety Concept'? 2. Can this manual be used in other parts of the world? Is the manual too much focused on Central European countries and could it be made applicable to other regions in the world? 3. What is the added value of this manual compared to other (just released or to be released soon) manuals (PIARC, FHWA), what are the differences in approach between these manuals and how should we market this Sustainably Safe Road Design Manual? It is SWOV's opinion that it is worthwhile placing the Sustainable Safety vision in a manual on road design that is suitable for use all over the world. In the first place it regards bringing out into the limelight a new way of thinking about road design. This could certainly contribute towards providing a high quality and really safe road design. The Sustainable Safety principles of course need being converted to functional and operational demands for road design. We recommend to let this happen in the countries themselves in close cooperation with the authors of this manual, based on the theory and working with concrete cases. It is SWOV's opinion that the present draft of the Sustainably Safe Road Design Manual (December 2004) insufficiently reflects the Sustainable Safety vision in the Netherlands. We recommend making a number of improvements in two phases. First of all improvements that can be easily made in the draft with comparatively little effort. We recommend that the introduction of the (theoretical) backgrounds about Sustainable Safety must be strengthened considerably. SWOV also recommends starting preparations for a 2.0 version. The experiences of working in practice with the current 1.0 version can be processed and, simultaneously, a number of chapters that are not yet considered ripe for publication can be added. In particular, we mean a chapter on cost-benefit analysis and education.
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