iRAP's mission to free the world of high-risk roads to save lives. The percentage of vulnerable road users, such as pedestrians and two-wheelers, among road deaths is high in emerging countries, which is why iRAP also focuses on measures to improve road design for these users.
Road Assessment and improvement: iRAP succeededs in incubating road assessment program in different regions through mobilization of multilateral banks, governments, and regional agencies. iRAP's work demonstrated a multiplier effect, bringing in significant investment to new road construction while upgrading existing roads to include safety features. In 2014 alone, iRAP assessed approximately 20,000 kilometers of roads in South East Europe, which is being followed up on for road improvements in Albania, Greece, Serbia, FYROM, and Slovenia. Further, based on iRAP assessments, road design, construction, and maintenance improvements are underway in many emerging economies as well as low and middle income countries (LMIC) including Mexico, Chile, Peru, Fiji, Nepal, Bhutan, Yemen, Egypt, Ukraine, India, China, Brazil, Mexico, Philippines, Bangladesh, Belize, and Cayman Islands. iRAP activities are influencing the safety feature of over $5 billion worth of road investment in India and China alone.
Technology for global upscaling: Technological support to inspect, support and improve roads is at the heart of IRAP's plans for scaling up its work. To imbed technology for supporting road assessment, iRAP continuously worked to develop and improve iRAP Risk Mapping, Star Rating, and Investment Planning tools, which has proved to be cost effective method for global upscaling. In 2014, the Global Technical Committee (GTC) officially approved V3.02 of the iRAP Star Rating and Investment Plan model. Investment in the iRAP software, ViDA, continues with recent focus on improved processing speeds (40% improvement), which delivered an immediate impact. Now, 14 million kilometers of data was processed in the new iRAP software platform ViDA since December 2013. In total over 822,351 kilometers of new star rating and investment options are stored in ViDA.
Mainstreaming the safer roads agenda: iRAP succeeded in advocating for road assessments to be mainstreamed as an institutional outcome for multilateral banks and governments. The Multilateral Development Bank Road Safety Initiative recently launched their Road Safety Guidelines that include the safety ratings of existing roads and the use of road safety ratings in all stages, including, new construction, upgrades, and ongoing maintenance of roads. Further, World Bank and ADB have now specified star rating targets as part of major road investments. In China, the Research Institute of Highway (RIOH) mobilized significant internal investment expanding its ChinaRAP team. Various levels of government in China are now investing in ChinaRAP's assessments of their roads. As a result of effective capacity building work, ChinaRAP team now require very limited or no direct support from iRAP. The Sub-Saharan Africa Transport Programme Guidelines for Mainstreaming Road Safety in Regional Trade Road Corridors also includes extensive advice and recommended application of iRAP star rating and investment plans.