National round table within the project “Safe Villages”
On 13th November 2013, the final round table of a major project “Safe VillagesUkraine” implemented by Road Safety Support Foundation Ukraine in partnership with the EBRD, EASST and State Road Police Department of Ukraine took place in Kiev, Ukraine. The project was aimed at improving road safety situation along the M06 road Kyiv-Chop and was launched earlier this year. The project was designed to tackle the problem of some terrible crashes affecting local pedestrians and farm vehicles along the M06 highway.
The paricipants of the round table were Sergey Budnik, Head of the Centre for Road Safety and Automated Systems in the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, Vladimir Reznikov, deputy chief of the State Automobile Inspection MIA of Ukraine, Emma MacLennan, Director at Eastern Alliance for Safe and Sustainable Transport, Stanislav Suprunenko, Principal Environmental Specialist at European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and Yegor Kalashnikov, Chairman of Road Safety Support Foundation and other project stakeholders.
Yegor Kalashnikov talked about the activities of the projects that took place in Zhytomyr, Lviv and Rivne region of Ukraine, in the villages situated along the M06 road where a high level of casualties have occurred. The ‘Safe Villages’ project included: an information campaign on the importance of visibility; working with the police and local authorities to reduce speeds; conducting training with children and parents on safe routes to school; and donating high-visibility equipment and clothing to local people.
Stanislav Suprunenko stressed the importance of the project to the well being of the local communities especially regarding the M06 highway infrastructure problems that can’t be addressed straightway. Meanwhile such measures as education campaigns and increasing visibility on the road can help to reduce the number of road traffic related deaths.
Sergey Budnik in his speech mentioned, that State Road Police Department of Ukraine readily supports such social initiatives, which are aimed to improve the road safety situation. Road safety education plays an important role in shaping correct behavior patterns of all road users. Such projects helps to increase public awareness and improve safety road safety culture. He also mentioned the importance of engaging with partners. The support of partners from government, non-governmental organizations, academia and public helps to coordinate messages, support one another’s activities and generate resources. Building effective local partnerships is one of the goals of the National Road Safety Week in Ukraine (11-17 Nov 2013).
Following the round table the working visit to the village Sitnyaki, Kiev oblast was held by the project team. The Road Safety Support Foundation and EASST team met with local schoolchildren and their parents, teachers and horse cart drivers. High visibility materials – vests, bracelets, flickers – were produced for all target groups and disseminated locally.