Safe System and Active Mobility

Online Course

About the Course

Poor road safety (whether perceived or actual) is one of the main barriers that prevents people from using active modes of transport, such as walking or cycling, on a regular basis. When looking at the relationship between active mobility and road safety, road users are more eager to shift to, or maintain the use of, active travel modes if the wider mobility context is objectively safer, resulting in a greater subjective feeling of road safety. Only roads where people can securely hop on their bikes and walk safely down the street will convince more and more users to embrace active modes of transport, creating a virtuous circle.

There is a direct link between the Safe System approach to road safety and sustainable, active mobility. Most road crashes and their consequences are not an inevitable cost of growth or mobility. They do not take place in isolation. The dynamics on streets, roads, and highways are part of a wider system: they are generated by the interrelationship between components such as institutions, laws, regulations, land use, infrastructure, vehicles, and road users, among others. When implemented effectively these system inputs interact to create roads and cities that are safe for their citizens.

The overall aim of this course is to provide road and mobility engineers, designers, planners, decision-makers and advocates with both theoretical knowledge and practical instruments needed to work on road safety issues in the context of their own location, focusing on active mobility. The course aims to give a robust introduction to the safe system approach, its relevance for developing strategies that promote active mobility and perspectives on the application of the approach. 

This course is supported by The Netherlands’ Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management as part of the Global Capacity Building program, the Global Road Safety Partnership, the Dutch Cycling Embassy, and the FIA Foundation.

Course details


This course is ideal for:


The course will follow a blended learning approach and has been designed to be as interactive as possible.

Each weekly session will include an introductory lecture, discussion, Q&A, interactive activities, and student presentations. It is expected that students actively participate during the live sessions and prepare small homework assignments. 

A recording will be temporarily available after each session (only during the same week of the session).

Participants that attend at least 4 sessions and complete homework assignments will receive a Certificate of Participation.

Session 1

25 January 2024

Introduction to the Safe System approach.

Session 2

1 February 2024

Safe active mobility infrastructure.

Session 3

8 February 2024

Effective legislation, regulations and planning instruments for safe active mobility.

Session 4

15 February 2024

Education and communication for safe active mobility.

Session 5

22 February 2024

Learning from practice: successful case studies from Colima (Mexico) and Tanga (Tanzania).


Evidence based

We use methodologies and materials that are evidence-based and scientifically sound – supporting a holistic approach to data collection, problem analysis, research and innovation, monitoring and evaluation.

Leading experts

Our courses are delivered by world leading researchers and professionals with experience of working in and with low and middle income countries to improve road safety and sustainable mobility.

Peer learning

Our learning environment encourages students to exchange knowledge and share experiences. This helps in identifying creative, locally relevant solutions to common challenges and issues.

Tailored for LMICs

We base our learning on the Safe System Approach and how this can be tailored and adapted to local contexts, with a focus on the specific challenges faced by low and middle income countries.

Train the trainer

We support local development and the governance of road safety management by developing capacity amongst practitioners and professionals who will return home and share their learning with others.

What will you learn?

By the end of this course you will be able to:

Lecturers and Trainers

Course leadership

Ruxandra Aelenei

Course Leader

Zwanet Verhoek

Zwanet Verhoek

Course Coordinator


Prof. Fred Wegman

Tamara Hoekstra

Sonia Aguilar Gonzalez

This course is supported by

The Global Capacity Building program is initiated by Belgium, The Netherlands, and Luxembourg. The program brings together key stakeholders with proven track records in active mobility to collaborate in scaling up current efforts in capacity-building and international financing for walking and cycling. The program’s objectives include:

  1. Facilitating the training of 10,000 active mobility experts within a decade.
  2. Providing access to investment opportunities through the establishment of a specialized Active Mobility Fund.