Motorbike, tricycle riders more likely to be involved in road deaths than car travelers

FILIPINOS traveling on motorbikes and tricycles are more likely to die from road accidents compared to those traveling in cars, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) said in a report.

In its key indicators for Asia and the Pacific 2017 report, ADB said more than half, or 52.5 percent, of road deaths involved 2- to three-wheeled vehicles, while only 25.3 percent die in four-wheeled vehicles.

This was based on 2013 data that reported 10,379 road deaths in the Philippines. This translates to 11 people out of 100,000 dying in road accidents.

“Occupants of  two- and three-wheeled vehicles comprised 1.2 percent of road-user deaths in Central and West  Asia; 26.6 percent in East Asia; 31.9 percent in South Asia; 49 percent in Southeast Asia; 0.4 percent in the Pacific; and 17.4 percent in developed member economies,” the ADB said.

ADB data showed, however, this is still relatively low compared to other Southeast Asian countries.

The highest percentage of deaths that occurred in two- to three-wheeled vehicles was recorded in Thailand at 72.8 and the lowest was in Myanmar at 23 percent.

In terms of deaths in four-wheeled vehicles, the Philippines was second only to Myanmar, where car deaths accounted for 26 percent of road deaths.

Meanwhile, the safest form of transportation in the Philippines are bicycles, which only accounted for 2 percent of
road deaths.

Cycling is even safer compared to being a mere pedestrian. ADB data showed 19 percent of road deaths in the Philippines involve pedestrians.

Data showed cycling was the safest in the Philippines and Indonesia, where biking accounted for only 2 percent of road deaths. This is also the lowest percentage in Southeast Asia.

The most deaths involving cyclists in the region was recorded in Singapore at 9.4 percent, followed by Myanmar at 9 percent.

The ADB said the safest place in Southeast Asia to be a pedestrian is Malaysia, where only 6.6 percent of road deaths involve them.  In contrast, Thailand is the most dangerous place for pedestrians, where 26.9 of road deaths involve them.

“In 2013 occupants of four-wheeled vehicles comprised a plurality of traffic-related deaths in 15 of 35 regional economies for which data are available,” the ADB said.

Building inclusive and sustainable cities is part of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) needed to be
met by 2030.

The targets under the goal on sustainable cities include to provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all, improving road safety, notably by expanding public transport.

These modes of transportation must provide special attention to the needs of those in vulnerable situations, women, children, persons with disabilities and older persons.

The SDGs, or Global Goals, is a set of socioeconomic goals that 193 United Nations member-countries, like the Philippines, committed to meet by 2030.

The goals are composed of around 169 targets and over 300 global indicators.

The SDGs were adopted in September 2015.

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