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International Level Crossing Awareness Day 2016

10 Jun

LXinfoImage569-ilcad=englishThe 8th International Level Crossing Awareness Day has today June 10th, 2016 attracted extensive media coverage from around the world. This demonstrates the reach of the annual event with 40 nations across all five continents participating. For the first time the launch event has been spread across two countries over two days leading nicely into next Global Level Crossing Symposium in Helsinki.

Today in Riga, Latvia, there has been a conference with international participation built around the ILAD 2016 focus on those who through age or disability have longer reaction times when determining whether or not it is safe to cross. The second component is a technical visit hosted by Estonia’s ever innovative Operation Lifesaver programme.

Chief Executive of the International Union of Railways Jean-Pierre Loubinoux: “As in previous years, we are proud to bring together about 40 countries to participate in this global event, either by relaying it on their websites or on social media, or by organising a range of activities around 10-11 June.

The partners in ILCAD will be focusing in particular on safety at level crossings, but some will also make the most of the opportunity to raise public awareness of other dangers such as crossing railway lines where it is strictly forbidden to do so, or safety on station platforms. We wish our partners all the best for their campaign.”

Each year, the ILCAD partners choose a different section of the public for their awareness campaign. Since we have been experiencing in a certain number of countries an increasing number of collisions at level crossings involving seniors, we have decided this year to focus on “Senior citizens and people with sensory and mobility restrictions”.

As for all other categories of road users, pedestrians and cyclists, collisions may involve seniors who may take wrong decisions either by error or deliberately. For this particular category of persons, misbehaviour can be linked to habit, ageing (failing sight, hearing loss, longer reaction and decision times), and to the overestimation of their ability to take safe decisions which can as both pedestrians and motorists put them and others at risk of harm, all too often fatally.

To view the new public safety announcement addressing the over estimate of personal capability please visit: http://www.ilcad.org.

To put ILCAD in context there are around 600 000 level crossings worldwide (213 000 in the USA, 113 000 in Europe). In Europe, while fatalities at level crossings amount to just 1% of road fatalities but over 25% of railway related fatalities (in 2012 more than 320 of which 38% were aged 65 and over).

Kichha, India: Two killed on ILCAD

5 Jun

Two people were killed and four others injured after their pick-up vehicle was hit by a passenger train on the Shantipuri unmanned railway crossing in Kichha, Udham Singh Nagar district, at 08.00 on June 3rd, 2015; which, coincidentally is the 7th International Level Crossing Awareness Day. Indian Railways are a major participant in ILCAD with awareness raising drives across India.

USA: Commitment to ILCAD affirmed

5 Jun

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) marked the 7th Annual International Level Crossing Awareness Day (ILCAD)on June 3rd, 2015. Major freight railroads hosted ILCAD events across the U.S. with an additional 43 countries and numerous international railroad organizations and companies hosting events worldwide with a focus on the common message: “Take your time, don’t risk your life!”

“Safety is the freight railroad industry’s highest priority and that includes ensuring the public knows about the dangers associated with grade crossings,” said AAR President and CEO Edward R. Hamberger. “Although the grade crossing collision rate has fallen 35% since 2000, that is not low enough and much more public awareness and education needs to be done. Programs like International Level Crossing Awareness Day bring the industry closer to the goal of zero grade crossing fatalities.”

US freight railroads joined with public safety organizations in more than 20 states to bring attention to grade crossing safety and awareness through events and promotions that included: “Officer on a Train,” where law enforcement officers ride trains and observe risky driver behavior at crossings; participation in community education programs; and distribution of literature about railroad crossing safety targeting truck drivers. America’s railroads have led the international community in promoting grade crossing safety, and spend millions of dollars annually to maintain grade crossings and educate the public on the risky behaviors to avoid at grade crossings.

Turkish Railways hosted an international delegation of rail and road stakeholders and behavioral experts at a conference in Istanbul. An exhibition of posters produced from a worldwide contest for children and the “ILCAD 2015” video will be used to remind pedestrians, cyclists and other road users of the importance of grade crossing safety.

The ILCAD Campaign was established in 2009 by the international railroad community in conjunction with various highway organizations, the European Commission and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), to raise awareness among road users and pedestrians of the risks at grade crossings. To date, more than 40 countries around the world have participated in ILCAD.

For more information on International Level Crossing Awareness Day, please go to www.ilcad.org. To learn more about what railroads are doing to enhance safety, please visit www.freightrailworks.org. For information on what role Operation Lifesaver plays in rail safety education, please visit http://oli.org/.

Worldwide: ILCAD campaign targets pedestrians and cyclists

27 May

7db55aa19c37248f5e8b1ec453a799bcJune 3rd, 2015 is the 7th international Level Crossing Awareness Day (ILCAD) with campaigns targeting pedestrians and cyclists being held around the world. This year an international press conference; together with a round table on level crossing safety with experts from the rail sector and elsewhere; and, related events will be hosted by Turkish Railways (TCDD) in Istanbul.

Ahead of the IILCAD 2015, the International Union of Railways (UIC) has produced a new video “Take your time, don’t risk your life!”. The video will be used by ILCAD partners during their national press conferences, staff and public awareness sessions and shown at the international press conference in Istanbul.

Watch the film: http://www.ilcad.org/ILCAD-2015.html or

In addition to the new video, we also have three posters available in English, French and Spanish. They have also been customised in Slovak, Turkish, Greek. They may be customised for you according to your needs.

There is still time to join ILCAD, the unique worldwide awareness level crossing safety campaign, free of charge as all activity is on a purely collaborative basis and helps the railway community to reduce this level of operational risk that we face at the interface with the road sector visit: www.ilcad.org

It is also not too late to book your trip to Istanbul to participate in the international press conference and round table hosted by TCDD to exchange good practice concerning level crossing safety.

To register please use this link: http://www.uic.org/forms/spip.php?article1475T

ILCAD Christmas message 2014

19 Dec


Rome, Italy: ELCF and ILCAD next meetings

31 Jul

The next plenary meeting of the European Level crossing Forum (ELCF) is to be held in Rome on November 13th, 2014. The following day at the same venue, there will be an International Level Crossing Awareness Day (ILCAD) 2014 debrief and ILCAD 2015 planning meeting.

The meetings are being hosted by Mrs Luciana Lorio, the chair of the UNECE Working Party on Road Traffic Safety which is the parent group of the UNECE Group of Experts on Level Crossing Safety (http://www.unece.org/trans/roadsafe/eg_level_crossings_03.html).

For more information concerning either of these meetings, please contact Isabelle Fonverne at the UIC (International Union of Railways): fonverne@uic.org.

ILCAD: Bookmark June 3rd, 2015

30 Jul

Please add the international Level Crossing Awareness Day (ILCAD)LXinfoImage569-ilcad=english 2015 to your calendar for June 3rd, 2015. The launch event will take place in Istanbul.