EU Urban Road Safety Award

2021 Applications Closed

The applications for this year's EU Urban Road Safety Award are closed. Applications are currently under evaluation and a shortlist will be revealed in the upcoming weeks. The winner will be announced in March 2022.

What is the EU Urban Road Safety Award?

 The EU Urban Road Safety Award highlights the contribution made by local authorities towards improving the safety of European roads.

It rewards outstanding and innovative achievements by local authorities in the area of road safety and encourages the exchange of good practice across Europe.

Recognising the crucial role that towns and cities across Europe play in improving road safety, especially in light of the fact that 38 percent of road fatalities and more than 50 percent of serious road injuries occur on urban roads, the award rewards local authorities for adopting holistic measures to improve road safety, within the spirit of the internationally recognised 'Safe System' concept.

Winner, 2020

Bilbao, Spain

Bilbao has sought to improve road safety in the city by reducing the speed limit to 30km/h. Speed limits were first reduced in June 2018 on 87% of all roads in the city. In September 2020, Bilbao extended the 30km/h speed limit to cover the entire city. The jury was also impressed by Bilbao’s communication and awareness-raising activities to promote road safety, and its steps to include residents in discussions and decision-making.


Heraklion (Greece)

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Quart de Poblet (Spain)

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Previous winner

Pontevedra, Spain

Winner, 1st EU Urban Road Safety Award

Pontevedra has reduced road fatalities consistently since 1999, impressively achieving zero road deaths recorded by the local police between 2011 and 2018. A host of measures ensure that safety and sustainability go hand-in-hand. The city used a clear and careful monitoring strategy to identify which policies are effective and which need to be updated, resulting in increased active mobility, such as walking and cycling: In Pontevedra, 80% of children aged 6-12 walk to school by themselves. The jury was impressed by Pontevedra’s use of a broad array of measures, including reducing speed limits to 10-30 km/h and creating more public spaces that are attractive for pedestrians.


Jaworzno (Poland)

Ordu (Turkey)