The founders of Safe Crossings, Jasper and Martijn, were regular visitors of Bangladesh for another NGO and discovered roadsafety was a huge problem.
They started Safe Crossings with the aim to provide low cost and high impact improvements to road safety.
Several visits to Bangladesh later plans are made on how to approach the huge road safety problem. Partnerships are made with the Bangladeshi CIPRB and in The Netherlands a team of professional volunteers is setup.
Key criteria for the design are: easy to implement, low cost, high impact and easy to replicate over and over again. The first three ‘black spots’ are identified and the Central Government of Bangladesh gets involved.
The initial design of our model Safe Crossing is reviewed and improved by our partner engineering company Grontmij. The first three very dangerous ‘black spots’ are identified on the N2 highway in Bangladesh and we start to involve the local community living around the highways.
We start to raise the funds to implement three crossings, setup a broad educational program and perform a scientific study to the impact of our interventions. We need a total of about 150.000 euro to make the first chapter of our dream come true.
All governmental approvals are granted, funds are raised and our local partner has contracted several constructors to implement the first three crossing. Time to start the implementation phase!
A grant by the Worldbank of about 30.000 USD allows us to perform a broad study to the impact of our interventions. Over 100 hours of video are recorded at the crossings before any of our work is done. This material will be compared to another 100 hours of video after the crossings are finished to scientifically prove that our method works.
Construction of the first three Safe Crossings (Nil Kuthi, Namapara and Kunderpara) was completed in May 2015.
The results of the pilot program in Bangladesh are available – a reduction of more than 60% in traffic fatalities and injuries.
We start preparations for the next 20 crossings and start to get global attention to the results we show with our interventions. We are just getting started…