iRAP and 3M Announce Partnership to Improve Safety for School Children

3M to provide support for iRAP’s Star Rating for Schools programme.
LONDON / ST. PAUL, MN – The International Road Assessment Programme (iRAP) and 3M announced today that 3M has become a Global Programme Partner in iRAP’s Star Rating for Schools (SR4S) programme.  3M will provide an annual contribution to support the programme and its goal of ensuring that children are able to travel safely to and from school.
Road crashes are the biggest killer of young people worldwide and the life-changing impact of injury affects children all around the world.  iRAP developed the SR4S system as an evidence-based tool for measuring, managing and communicating children’s exposure to risk on a journey to school.  It supports quick interventions that help save lives and prevent serious injuries.  SR4S allows the easy assessment of road infrastructure and speed management features and calculates a Star Rating where 1-star is the least safe and 5-star is the safest.
“Our children deserve a safe journey to and from school. If we can make our roads safe for kids, they will be safe for everyone,” said iRAP CEO Rob McInerney.  “Providing the SR4S tools for free use worldwide will maximise our potential to save children’s lives, essential to our vision for a world free of high-risk roads. 3M’s great support will help make this happen.”
3M is a global corporation who applies science in collaborative ways to improve lives and help solve the world’s toughest challenges.  3M has been a technology and solutions leader in road safety for over 50 years.
“We are very pleased to partner with iRAP and together advance road safety globally,” said Dr. Daniel Chen, Vice President, 3M Transportation Safety Division. “Through the SR4S process and implementation of simple and effective treatments like footpaths, safe crossings, line marking and signage, iRAP and their Lead Partners are making an impact on the lives of school children around the world.”
The SR4S programme officially launched at the 3rd Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety which took place in Sweden in February 2020.  3M joins SR4S as the first of five Global Programme Partners that will support the SR4S Programme, along with the Founding Sponsor FedEx and Major Donor FIA Foundation.

Star Rating for Schools has, thus far, accessed over 770 schools across five continents and was awarded a Prince Michael International Safety Award in 2018.