13 May 2013 : SENSOR supports the Long Short Walk campaign
The Second UN Global Road Safety Week from 6-12 May 2013 was led by the World Health Organization, UN regional commissions and members of the UN Road Safety Collaboration, and was dedicated to pedestrian safety. The week coincided with the second anniversary of the Decade of Action for Road Safety. In support of UN Global Road Safety Week “The Long Short Walk” brought together people and groups from around the world to call for action to protect pedestrians. The Long Short Walk is a global campaign advocating for safe for roads for all.
SENSOR partners and observers supported the campaign and shared their Long Short Walk experience with all the team.
Make Roads Safe Hellas (MRSH) organized a Long Short Walk at some of the pedestrian crossings of Chania city, were students participated and delivered their own road safety messages. Also, the mayor of Chania city Mr. Skoulakis and the general secretary of the municipality Mr. Kouris, kindly supported the campaign by signing the board and giving a hopeful message for the safety of the pedestrians. Mr Evangelos Bellos, project manager and Ms. Olivera Dordevic, project manager assistant of the SENSOR project gave their road safety message from the Make Roads Safe Hellas- SENSOR Office in Athens.
The Automobile and Motorcycle Association of Serbia (AMSS) organized together with the Ministry of Interior, Road Safety Agency, Red Cross of Serbia, Office for Youth and Traffic-Technical school a symbolic walk down the central Belgrade street. AMSS collected signatures of other pedestrians and participants themselves in trying to raise awareness of safety of pedestrians, as the most vulnerable category of road users.
The Automobile Club of Macedonia (AMSM) participated in Second UN Global Road Safety Week-Pedestrian road safety alongside with various institutions with numerous activities undertaken, as establishment of school traffic patrols, art workshop in primary schools, preparation of pedestrian safety slogans and parade of children, children drawings sales exhibition, social media exhibition of children drawings pedestrian traffic lesson, etc.
The Automobile Club of Molovoda (ACM) with the support of volunteers, pupils and students organized “Long Short Walk” actions on the main streets of the Moldovan capital - Chisinau. A high number of persons were involved in the action, including representatives of international organizations as WHO - Mr. Jarno Habicht, as well as local politicians and the Prime Minister of RM Mr. Iurie Leanca. The event was covered by the national TV and radio channels. During the actions children received reflectors donated by the World Health Organization and had the chance to take photos with Zebra.
The purpose of the “SENSOR – ROSEE Coordination Committee – SEROC” is to ensure strong coordination between the SENSOR and ROSEE projects on technical, scientific and dissemination issues, related to their goals. The SEROC Committee aims also to ensure alignment of both projects outcomes in regards to harmonized approaches and complementarity for road safety in the SEE region in line with the Southeast Europe Transnational Cooperation Programme strategy as well as EU and UN approaches. Finally, it monitors the degree in which the projects’ results are adopted at national level.
The Committee is considered to be a vital advisory board and both projects undertake to fully take into account its recommendations although these will be non-binding and not constrain either project meeting contracted obligations.
The general functions of SEROC are to:
Ensure oversight of both projects' strategy and outcomes in regards to harmonized EU and UN approaches as well as SEE Programme strategy;
Monitor the degree in which the projects' results are adopted at national level and provide consultation or recommendations;
Facilitate co-operation between SENSoR and ROSEE projects in initiating, developing, carrying out and monitoring actions designed to ensure the complementarity of the projects and the avoidance of overlapping activities;
Assist in the know-how exchange between the two projects and the enhancement of technical and scientific knowledge;
Assist in the development, review and distribution of road safety practices, procedures and policies;
Assist in the development of common dissemination actions.
Specific functions of SEROC are to prepare a schedule of recommended evidence, data and definitions to be used by both projects which is populated where practical and/or available. This schedule shall include:
Economic parameters to be used in road safety evaluations
Recorded deaths and associated time periods for SEE countries
Definitions and handling procedures for serious injuries
Definitions and handling of non-serious injuries and PDO (property damage only)
Traffic census data
Road network definitions and cartography
The SEROC shall also advise on the value added from:
Holding a Common mid-term and/or Final Conference and its modalities
Common channels of dissemination