IRF Geneva's Webinar on World Road Statistics for Beginners - Techniques and Methods took place on Thursday 6 June 2013. Participants from all over the world joined in the webinar to learn about the key messages and techniques.
The IRF Road Financing & Economics committee, chaired by Mrs. Vilrid Femoen of the Norwegian Road Federation, will meet next in a virtual meeting on Friday 28 June. The meeting will be hosted online by means of internet conferencing. The objective of the meeting is to discuss preliminary outcomes of an IRF Global Road Financing Practices survey, held from November 2012 to March 2013. Two country studies based on the survey responses will be presented and discussed, as well as upcoming opportunities to engage in international activities and initiatives related to the theme of road financing.
05 June 2013
IRF celebrating the World Environment Day
Every year, the 5th of June is dedicated globally to the Environment and to raise worldwide awareness on the need to take positive environmental action. This one minute video gives you a quick snapshot of IRF commitment and action. Join us and get involved in this collective effort!
The Second United Nations Global Road Safety Week has kicked off yesterday. The week (6-12 May 2013) is dedicated this year to pedestrian safety. IRF joins the efforts of the international community to ensure a fatality free Week and a significant and long-lasting contribution towards making walking safe for all.
21 March 2013
Kiran K. Kapila re-elected Chair of IRF Geneva
The General Assembly of IRF Geneva has unanimously re-elected Kiran K. Kapila to serve a second term as Chair.
Meeting in Marrakech, Morocco, in the context of a high-level IRF Regional Conference focusing on North Africa and the Mediterranean, the Executive Committee and General Assembly paid tribute to Mr. Kapila's achievement in steering the Federation through a long process of streamlining and transition to emerge both strengthened and better equipped to address the new challenges of the road sector in a rapidly changing world.
12 March 2013
IRF Geneva's inaugural Webinar
The IRF Geneva's inaugural Webinar on Data Collection & Statistical Practices to Support Road Safety Policies took place last Thursday 7 March 2013. Participants from all over the world attended this successful Webinar. The main subjects covered in the Webinar included: the data collection and statistics of the World Road Statistics (historic series from 1963 to 2010); the data collection & tool for police crash traffic (RADaR); and the recent developments on road safety data app(lication) on smart phones for all stakeholders.
11 March 2013
IRF @UNECE's Road and Rail Financing Conference
Ahead of the 75th jubilee session of its Inland Transport Committee, the United Nations Economic Commission on Europe (UNECE) organized a Road and Rail Financing conference on Monday 25 February, on the occasion of the launch of the UNECE study on Europe-Asia Transport Linkages Phase II. The conference comprised a mix of plenary and parallel break away sessions, addressing key issues in financing road and rail infrastructure, public-private partnerships, the role of technology and more specifically Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS).
10 March 2013
UNRSC & Second UN Global Road Safety Week
The United Nations Road Safety Collaboration (UNRSC) - of which IRF is an active member - will be meeting this week in Geneva to enhance amongst others preparation for the second UN Global Road Safety Week. The week 6-12 May 2013 is dedicated this year to pedestrian safety. Requested by the UN General Assembly, the Week will draw attention to the urgent need to better protect pedestrians worldwide, generate action on the measures needed to do so, and contribute to achieving the goal of the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 to save 5 million lives.
09 March 2013
2nd meeting of the EU ITS Advisory Group
On 26 February the EU ITS Advisory Group convened for its second meeting in the Berlaymont Building in Brussels. Three themes were addressed on the meeting's agenda: 1. The ongoing efforts into developing specification supplementing the ITS Directive; and 2. Deployment strategies for Cooperative Systems; and 3 Funding of ITS Deployment: EU instruments and strategies.
This year 2013, our IRF's flagship product World Road Statistics (WRS) is celebrating the 50th Anniversary and planning to publish a commemorative edition. This publication is the main statistical reference for governments, international organizations, public and private companies, NGOs, investment banks, research and academia and the media.
03 February 2013
Chinese delegation visiting IRF Geneva offices
A delegation of Chinese officials representing Chinese public transport companies and transport media paid a visit to the IRF Geneva offices during its European study tour on Tuesday 15 January. The delegation was welcomed by Mrs. Caroline Visser, Deputy Director General, Mr. Cristian Gonzalez, Project Officer Data & Statistics, and Mr. Barry Gilbert Miguet, responsible for media contacts within the IRF Geneva office.
03 February 2013
Workshop on Fostering ITS Policy
Hosted by IRF member TTS Italia, the IRF Policy Committee on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) and TTS Italia jointly organised a one-day workshop on Fostering ITS Policy. The workshop took place in the city of Bologna, Italy, on Wednesday 5 December 2012. It was held in conjunction with TTS Italia’s second edition of the Nuovo Mundo conference. The workshop addressed various topics, such as the ITS policy context in Italy and ITS university education and research, as well as a panel debate on how to communicate the benefits and opportunities, for society, business and general public.
The next meeting of the IRF Group of Experts on Road Safety will take place on Monday 18th March 2013 from 14:00 to 17:30 at the Hotel Pullman Palmeraie Resort & Spa, Marrakech, Morocco. The meeting has been scheduled to coincide with, and tap into the major IRF Regional Conference: North Africa & Mediterranean (see separate article) which will be taking place at the same venue over the following two days, 19-20 March, 2013.
03 February 2013
Proceedings of 7th IRF Regional Conference now available online
Further to the report given in our previous Newsletter, we are pleased to advise members that the full proceedings for the 7th IRF Regional Conference: Road Safety on Urban and Rural Roads are now available online.
03 February 2013
IRF @ the TRB and Transforming Transportation Conference
The Transport Research Board (TRB) week in Washington DC has been as usual a busy week for IRF and its members. Many of them have been presenting in the official programme, exhibiting and/or hosting receptions which have provided valuable opportunity to connect with the extended IRF family, partner organisations and the profession as a whole. We take this opportunity to thank our member, Cambridge Systematics, who has hosted many of us at its traditional TRB reception.
A 3rd meeting of the Task Force on Measuring Spending on Investments in Transport Infrastructure was organised by the International Transport Forum (ITF) at the OECD in Paris on 29th January 2013. IRF Geneva belongs to this selected group and it is represented by its statistics and data expert, Cristian Gonzalez, who has been invited to contribute to the Manual of Best Practices devoted to measuring transport infrastructure spending and assets.
An online meeting of the IRF Road Financing & Economics Committee, made possible with the support of IRF member ARUP, took place on 21 November 2012, to discuss progress in its activities. Through a screen sharing and internet conference tool, committee members were able to follow and discuss presentations.
03 February 2013
The Value of the World Road Statistics (WRS)
During the last years many international organizations, such as the World Bank of its own World Development Indicators, are using the IRF World Road Statistics data.
21 November 2012
7th IRF Regional Conference: Road Safety in Urban and Rural Roads
The latest in the highly successful series of Regional Conferences on Road Safety organised by IRF's India Chapter was held at the Manekshaw Centre in New Delhi on 1-2 November. Following previous gatherings devoted to Design, Construction & Operation of Roads, Mobility & Safety in Road Transport, Accident Prevention, Institutional Arrangements for the Reduction of Road Fatalities and a Road Safety Strategy and Action Plan for India, this year's event provided a high-level, international platform for addressing a comprehensive range of issues relating to Road Safety on Urban and Rural Roads.
21 November 2012
IRF Group of Experts on Road Safety marks its first year of progress
The IRF Group of Experts on Road Safety held its first anniversary meeting on Wednesday 31st October in the fringes of the 7th IRF Regional Conference in Delhi. The 30 members present were happy to report a year of steady and very encouraging progress since the initiative was launched in the same city almost exactly a year earlier.