In a recently published article in the journal Reflections and Perspectives of Economic Life, Sylvania Godillon puts forward an analysis of a British experiment which considerably reduced car accidents in the low-income areas of Greater Manchester.
The pedagogical nature of the Neighbourhood Road Safety Initiative explains this policy’s success. Local actors are aware of connections between the characteristics of places of residence and the risk of road accidents, and this influences the crossover between urban renewal policies and road safety. The accident is not deemed to be the outcome of an error made during the trip, but to be the result of a combination of factors. The actions implemented are a combination of measures which relate pedagogical dimensions to public space dimensions and repressive actions.
While it was not undertaken again for budget reasons, the initiative brought about changes on the part of local agents in means of prioritising and delivering road safety actions. This feedback on public policy in the United Kingdom has made it possible to draw lessons for underprivileged areas in France in the context of the New National Programme for Urban Renewal.
This article was based on the results of Sylvanie Godillon’s research thesis carried out at the Accident Mechanisms Laboratory at the IFSTTAR and the Geography and cities UMR (CRIA team) between 2008 and 2011.
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Read the article in French : http://www.cairn.info/revue-reflets-et-perspectives-de-la-vie-economique-2014-3-page-19.htm
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