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October 2009 Edition

Dear [fname],

A number of important issues were addressed at the recent IRF Board of Directors meeting.

First and foremost, the Board reviewed preparations for the forthcoming IRF World Meeting, which will be held in Lisbon from 25-28 May, 2010. This key global event, dedicated to roads as a whole, is shaping up nicely. A limited amount of exhibition space at the event venue is still available so we encourage those who have not already done so to take advantage of this major international occasion to showcase your products and services prominently. Stands are available in a range of sizes to suit your precise requirements and budget. We advise you, however, not to wait too long before reserving as there is already heavy demand and spaces are being allocated rapidly. Contact us today at info@irfnet.org.

Another important topic raised at the Board of Directors Meeting was membership services, and how to ensure that offer and demand match. It was decided to organise a special 'brainstorming' meeting in January (date to be fixed) to focus on this matter in more depth. You are all cordially invited to participate, and to contribute to the advancement of YOUR association.

Finally, I am delighted to take advantage of this brief editorial to let you know that the 2009 World Road Statistics have just been published, and will be in your mailboxes shortly. More information about the 2009 World Road Statistics can be found on www.irfnet.org.

You are the IRF – you make it happen!

Kind regards,

Sibylle Rupprecht

Director General

International Road Federation

Geneva, Switzerland

IRF Managed Programme

global Transport Knowledge Partnership


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Sibylle Rupprecht invited to make a presentation at 10th Transportation Congress of Turkey

The 10th Transportation Congress was held from 27 September and 1 October 2009 in Istanbul. The object of this congress was to ensure that our country figures among the 10 most developed countries in the world by the 100th anniversary of our republic. The Transportation Congress looked at all means of transport, air, rail, maritime and road.


The beauty of human-powered mobility: IRF participates at UNECE workshop promoting cycling and walking in cities

Finding sustainable and alternative ways to move about in urban areas -- such as "humanpowered mobility" like cycling and walking -- was the topic of a workshop held outside Praguefrom 24-25 September 2009. Cycling and walking are examples of environmentally-friendly modes of transport that contribute to lower greenhouse gas emissions in cities, have a low impact on urban congestion and are a boost to human health. National and local policies are needed to support walking and cycling as increasingly attractive and viable modes of urban mobility.


IRF Environment Working Group meets in Geneva

Under the chairmanship of Dimitris Mandalozis, of Attikes Diadromes S.A. (Greece), the IRF Environment Working Group met in Geneva on 5th October 2009 to review progress and latest developments.

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IRF Policy Committee on ITS meets during ITS World Congress

The IRF Policy Committee on ITS held it's latest meeting in Stockholm on 23rd September, 2009.

The Committee was set up in 2008 to raise the profile of ITS among high-level decision makers and generally promote the deployment of ITS as a tool for achieving key transport policy objectives.

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IRF and Network of National ITS Associations convene prominent joint session on ITS Policy Objectives during Stockholm World Congress

A successful joint session on ITS Supporting Policy Objectives, held during the ITS World Congress in Stockholm (21st to 25th September, 2009), was the outcome of fruitful cooperation between IRF and the ERTICO-hosted Network of National ITS Associations.

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IRF's Caroline Visser elected member of IBEC Management Committee

IRF Geneva is proud to announce that its Road Finance and ITS Programme Manager, Caroline Visser, was elected to the Management Committee of the International Benefits, Evaluation and Costs (IBEC) Working Group during IBEC’s Annual General Meeting held on Friday 25th September in Stockholm, Sweden.

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Press Releases & News

Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH) & International Road Federation (IRF) jointly launch National Campaign for "Reduction of Road Fatalities" in India

India's Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Mr. Kamal Nath on September 23, 2009 launched the National Campaign for "Reduction of Road Fatalities" a joint initiative of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) and International Roads Federation (IRF), a Washington and Geneva based worldwide organization for advocacy for development of safe roads with members from 90 countries across six continents, at jam packed centrally located Stein Auditorium of India Habitat Centre (IHC) in New Delhi.

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Road Accidents Named the Biggest Killer of Young People Worldwide

A recent study backed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) has shown that road traffic accidents are the main cause of death in all 10-24 year olds, male and female combined . Beating suicide and violence for the top spot, road accidents are responsible for a staggering 10% of deaths of all young people today, making it a major concern for societies everywhere.

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Want to reduce your exposure to pollution? - try crossing the street

Pedestrians could reduce the amount of traffic pollution they breathe in simply by crossing the street, according to new inter-disciplinary research at the University of Leeds.

Researchers at the Institute for Transport Studies (ITS) joined forces with colleagues from the Energy & Resources Research Institute (ERRI) and found that air pollution levels change dramatically within small geographical areas, dependent on wind patterns, the location of traffic queues and the position and shapes of the surrounding buildings.

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Request for Expressions of Interest for Design/Build Contracting Services

The Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (GORTT) leads a vibrant nation founded on an economy of industries, oil and gas production, and regional financial centre services. An extensive network of highways exists, however rapid economic growth and prosperity in the country have stressed the existing network capacity. GORTT intends to carry out major network enhancements to the highways network by constructing the National Network of Highways Project ("NNHP") requiring implementation of 471 kilometers of new and improved highways.

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25-27 November 2009

IRF/gTKP/TARA 2009 Convention on Rural Roads

Arusha, Tanzania


8-9 December 2009

IRF & ITA Middle East Regional Congress

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia


25-28 May 2010

International Road Federation

World Meeting 2010

Lisbon, Portugal


11-13 October 2010

Preserving Africa's Roads - SARF

Cape Town, South Africa

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