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The Road Safety Toolkit

provides free information on the causes and
prevention of road crashes that cause death and injury.

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About the Toolkit

The Road Safety Toolkit was established more than 10 years ago. A major update to the Toolkit in 2021/22 was funded Bloomberg Philanthropies under their Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS 2020-2025) and was undertaken by the World Bank’s Global Road Safety Facility (GRSF), with support from the International Road Assessment Program (iRAP).  The review included peer review and road safety stakeholders survey to identify how the Road Safety Toolkit could continue to reflect the latest evidence and research in engineering safety. Global road safety leaders including Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP), the Towards Zero FoundationGlobal NCAPEastern Alliance for Safe and Sustainable Transport (EASST) and technical advisors provided invaluable support for the review.

The Road Safety Toolkit is originally the result of collaboration between the International Road Assessment Programme (iRAP), the Global Transport Knowledge Partnership (gTKP) and the Global Road Safety Facility (GRSF). Austroads and ARRB provided expert
advice during the original Toolkit’s development.

Treatment summaries

A simple Treatment Summary is provided on each of the Safer Road Treatment pages, comprising Cost, Treatment Life and Effectiveness. Cost is designed to provide a sense of relative cost of a implementing treatment (for example, a grade-separated intersection costs more than a safety barrier) while Treatment Life provides an estimate of the length of time before a treatment would need to be replaced. Cost and Treatment Life are generally based on experience gained during iRAP assessments. Effectiveness indicates the potential reduction in fatalities and serious injuries (FSI) if the treatment were installed and is generally consistent with the iRAP Methodology Fact Sheets. These summaries are designed to provide broad estimates though in practice actual values may vary.


Useful reference materials that support content in the Road Safety Toolkit are available here.

Contribute to the Toolkit content

The Road Safety Toolkit has benefited from the inputs of a broad range of individuals and organisations and we welcome further suggestions and contributions of case studies and images. All suggestions and contributions will be reviewed for consideration for inclusion in the Toolkit.

  • Share a suggestion about the Toolkit generally.
  • Submit a case study.
  • Submit images.

Lead contributors to the most recent reviews and updates of the Road Safety Toolkit include (alphabetical order):

  • Albin Tharakan, iRAP
  • Alina Burlacu, GRSF
  • Blair Turner, GRSF
  • Briarlea Green, iRAP
  • Emily Carr, EASST
  • Greg Smith, iRAP
  • Jason Smith, AAA
  • Jessica Truong, TZF
  • Judy Fleiter, GRSP
  • Julian Kwong, Consultant
  • Monica Olyslagers, iRAP

The valuable contributions made by respondents to a survey of Road Safety Toolkit users in 2021 is also acknowledged.

Latest Case Studies

  • Bruce Highway (Cooroy to Curra)Upgrade
  • Wuhan Implements Model Junction Channelisation for Pedestrians
  • High Friction Surfacing Treatment (HFST) Crash Reduction Program
  • Central Hatching in Malaysia
  • Improved Line Marking and Rumble Strips

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