‘Can we expect a driver to know how a guardrail works?’
With the continuous growth of the population and ongoing urbanization there are numerous mobility challenges. Sustainability, safety and societal impact are amongst our daily concerns. We need to speed up the mobility transition to keep up with the fast changing global dynamics, which requires inventive approaches and better solutions. In this series we share inspiring and innovative cases from all over the world. Alessandro Bortolotti is project manager and marketing manager at STRATEC RT. How does he speed up the mobility transition?
‘Italy was shocked by the bus falling from a bridge close to the city of Avellino in 2013 and the collapsing Genoa bridge in 2018. Things had to change. COVID-19 showed us something different.’
‘Since the outbreak the number of road accidents followed by death or injury decreased by 29.5% in Italy between January-September 2020. In the first nine months of 2020 the number of deaths dropped by 43.1% compared to 2010 and by 66.4% compared with the same period in 2001. The decrease in fatalities affects all road areas: in the first nine months of the year it is estimated at approximately 50% on motorways, between 40 and 44% on urban and extra-urban roads.’
‘In 24 European countries the European Transport Safety Council recorded an average decrease in mortality of 36% in April 2020. From 2010-2019 this was average 24% in 28 European countries.’
‘The decline in mortality during lockdown period was not thanks to improvement of road safety.’
‘Yes, this does bring us closer to the 2010-2020 European objectives and target of -50%. However, the drastic decline in mortality during the lockdown of the population and traffic block due to the outbreak of COVID-19, was due to a forced decrease in accidents and victims, and not to virtuous behaviours or the improvement of road safety. There is still a lot of work to do.’
‘Creating innovative products and innovations, STRATEC RT has developed its patents resulting in technologies which improve road quality and safety of guardrails trough solutions such as GroundSleeve. This is a finned metal reinforcement system at the base of the guardrail posts that greatly increases the resistance of the ground holding it in place, permitting the correct deformation of the posts without modifying the barrier. Or Raily, a road parapet fence for cities or cycle paths. You can adapt it on site, make curves or slopes without doing nearly anything other than dig a few holes in the concrete and fix it. Easy to install, without welding.’