Don't wait for accidents to happen

Enhancing traffic safety for vulnerable road users and motorists: prospects and challenges for a Safe System approach on the African continent

8–9 June 2023
Winneba, Ghana
Local organiser(s): Enoch F. Sam
The conference is organized in close co-operation with the University of Education, Winneba.

Important dates

Date Action
3 February 2023
Abstract submission deadline
24 February 2023
Notification of acceptance
24 April 2023
Early Bird fee expiration
2 June 2023
Registration closed
6–7 June 2023
Traffic Safety Researcher's course
8–9 June 2023
XII extra ICTCT Conference

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Traffic Safety Researcher's course

As usual, ICTCT organizes the Traffic Safety Researcher’s course in connection to the conference.

More information about the course can be found here.

Road traffic injuries constitute a major health and development problem worldwide, but in particular in Africa. Despite accommodating only 4% of the global motor vehicle fleet, African roads witness more than 10% of the world’s traffic fatalities. The victims are primarily vulnerable road users, with pedestrians alone accounting for more than 40% of traffic deaths. With further motorisation, the number of traffic fatalities and injuries is expected to grow unless decisive actions are taken to tackle the problem.

In some other parts of the world, impressive progress in decreasing traffic deaths and injuries has been observed in the last decades. To a high degree, this could be attributed to the adoption of the Safe System approach as the base for all road safety management activities. Besides its highly humanistic long-term goal of no one being killed in traffic (so-called Vision Zero), a Safe System consists of a set of fundamental principles that can be applied and give positive results regardless of how bad the starting situation might have been. The principles of safe speeds, tolerance for human errors and the responsibility of the system designers to create a forgiving road environment are at the core of the Safe System approach.

There are good reasons to believe that the Safe System approach can also be a major game changer in Africa. However, it cannot be exported or enforced from the outside, but must be adopted from the inside by local experts who know and understand the local context and conditions. Several countries in Africa are taking up the Vision Zero objective. The conference aims to facilitating the exchange of knowledge and experiences between international and African road safety scientists and professionals and provides a platform for a joint discussion on the future of the Safe System approach on the African continent.

A non-exhaustive list of topics includes:

  • Road safety management organisation and analysis of constraints
  • Current adoption of Safe System thinking in Africa and elsewhere
  • Improved data to support road safety analysis and policy development
  • Safety issues for specific groups of road users: pedestrians, cyclists, children, elderly, etc.
  • Interactions between road users, vehicles, and infrastructure
  • Enforcement and education
  • Professional drivers, road safety management in companies and the role of transport buyers
  • Key road safety culture challenges and possibilities related to vulnerable road users
  • Low-cost solutions for road safety improvement
  • Transferability of road safety measures
  • Safety aspects of urban and rural transport planning and sustainable mobility

Presentations should be based on empirical studies with the goal to improve understanding of road users’ risks, behaviours, and their responses to the traffic conditions in which they take part in. Theoretical contributions related to these issues are also welcomed. A certain relevance for the African context is expected.

The submission processes is managed through EasyChair conference management system. If you have used this system before, you can login with the same username and password. In case this is your first time, you will need to create an account before continuing.

Please, use the abstract templateYour extended abstract (500-700 words) should include the following points:

  • Background
  • Aim
  • Method or methodological issues
  • Results obtained or expected
  • Conclusions


Save you abstract as pdf before uploading to the system.

The assessment will be based upon the following criteria: (i) relevance of the topic in relation to the conference theme; (ii) scientific quality and (iii) likelihood to raise the interest of the present audience and to stimulate discussion.

Submission deadline is 3 February 2023.

ICTCT Local organiser
Contact person
Niels Agerholm
Enoch F. Sam
ICTCT Secretariat
Department of Geography Education
University of Education
Winneba, Ghana

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