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BIGRS and better in Bangkok

11 July 2017

Bangkok’s capacity to deliver safer roads was boosted when over 20 delegates attended a training workshop led by iRAP Senior Road Safety Engineer, Luke Rogers.

The workshop at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, aimed to further develop the iRAP coding analysis and reporting skills of University staff. Last year, iRAP-trained staff from the university undertook an assessment of three demonstration corridors in Bangkok as part of the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS) project. Their findings prompted the installation of a series of interim road safety measures which dramatically raised Star Ratings for pedestrians on the demonstration corridors.

The University staff were joined in the workshop (pictured above) by participants from the Department of Highways, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (which is responsible for city roads) and the Asian Institute of Technology. Local Bloomberg embedded staff also took part.

Luke said: ‘This was a great opportunity to deepen people’s knowledge and also extend local capacity. ‘Over the next few months, we’ll be assessing the western portion of the Outer Bangkok Ring Road and looking at key priority roads in high-risk districts in the city. This will include making recommendations for safety countermeasures and identifying potential sources of finance.’

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