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The continuous improvement of safety is a priority for governments across all modes of transportation. A comprehensive and coordinated approach to transportation safety relies on performance-based and data-driven safety measures, regardless of mode. Emerging planning approaches, design strategies, and policy considerations can help government make significant progress in improving safety and saving lives. Improving the culture of safety will require governments to practice active and intentional governance. 

Governmental roles and responsibilities in ensuring traveler safety can include:  Streetscape with crosswalk in the forefront as well as a bike lane with several bikers wearing helmets and a pedestrain crossing safely.

  • Designing infrastructure and technologies that encourage safe behaviors and protects users (e.g., installing roundabouts to slow traffic, deploying railroad track inspection technologies). 
  • Establishing and managing certification programs (e.g., conductor certification programs, certification and compliance for road vehicles) to promote safe practices. 
  • Coordinate and collaborate across jurisdictions and transportation modes to establish Safety Management Systems to promote proactive safety risk management strategies.   
  • Providing regulatory oversight (e.g., railroad system-level safety management, vehicle testing and inspections). 
  • Promoting manufacturing and operational best practices (e.g., vehicle safety ratings, railroad operation testing programs, national and international maritime equipment standards). 

Learn about our road safety efforts at Roadway Safety.


Momentum Toolkits relating to Safety are: