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September 2009 Edition

Dear [fname],

It is now only eight months to the 16th IRF World Meeting, which will be held from 25th to 28th May 2010, in the beautiful city of Lisbon, Portugal.

Under the theme 'Sharing the Road', speakers and delegates from around the world will gather to exchange knowledge and experience around five key themes:

  • Mobility, Transport, Infrastructure
  • Road Safety & Security
  • Sustainable Roads
  • Road Finance & Management
  • Techniques & Innovations

Already, 529 abstracts received from 66 countries attest to the importance of this meeting, and the unparalled opportunity it will offer to debate road infrastructure problems and cutting edge solutions.

IRF promotes roads that are safe, economically viable and ecologically friendly. Our members are committed to developing sound road infrastructure that brings prosperity, fights poverty, furthers education and ensures better access to health services.

Roads cater to wide variety of needs and stakeholders. Today, IRF and its members offer a comprehensive range of solutions that enable the safe "cohabitation" of public transport and private cars, as well as vehicle passengers, cyclists and other road users in populated areas. These include specific surfaces for roads, cycling lanes and passenger zones that allow for safe walking and cycling in a pleasant and stimulating environment.

The IRF World Meeting offers a unique opportunity for industry, associations, laboratories and training institutes to showcase their products and services to an international audience of senior professionals. The Conference venue in Lisbon offers some 2500 m2 of top-quality exhibition space. Don’t miss out on the last opportunity in the lead up to the conference to reserve your exhibition space. You are strongly encouraged to act now as more than half the available space has already been booked. There are also a number of excellent sponsorship opportunities. Click here to access the sponsorship and exhibition handbook.

For delegates, early bird registrations, offering a substantially lower fee, are open. Click here to access the registration area.

IRF looks forward to welcoming you in Lisbon next Spring!

Kind regards,

Sibylle Rupprecht

Director General

International Road Federation

Geneva, Switzerland

IRF Managed Programme

global Transport Knowledge Partnership


The digital version of IRF Who's Who 2009 is now available in the members' section of the IRF website. If you do not have your personal login details, please email info@irfnet.org.

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IRF makes keynote contribution to World Climate Conference

"Climate prediction and information for decision-making" was the theme of the World Climate Conference - 3 (WCC-3) held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 31st August to 4th September, 2009. The Conference, which brought together more than 2,000 international climate scientists, sectoral experts and decision-makers, notably established a comprehensive Global Framework for Climate Services “to strengthen production, availability, delivery and application of science-based climate prediction and services."


IRF PPP working group meets in Geneva

Under the chairmanship of Michel Démarre, of the French National Federation of Public Works (FNTP), the IRF Working Group on Public Private Partnerships (PPP) met recently in Geneva to review progress and latest developments. The main theme of the working group is currently PPPs for Urban Road Networks. A series of case studies have been developed around this topic, and the working group is now gearing up to assess the results and publish its main findings, conclusions and follow up questions.


TCS Symposium on "Forgiving Roads"

IRF's Road Safety manager, Nathalie Pereira, participated in this seminar, which was organised by the Swiss Touring Club (TCS) on 2nd September in the Swiss capital, Berne.

Given alarming statistics that almost half of the casualties on Swiss roads end in fatalities, TCS is redoubling its efforts to improve the country's road safety record.

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Press Releases & News

4th African Transportation Technology Transfer Conference

This conference was hosted by the Roads Authority of Namibia, in partnership with the Association of Southern African National Roads Agencies and the Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP). The United States Department of Transport, the US Federal Transit Association and the Federal Highway Administration also supported the event, which was convened in Windhoek, Namibia, from 31st August to 4th September, 2009.

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Motorists drive closer to cyclists in cycle lanes

Research conducted at the University of Leeds shows that motorists give cyclists less room when there is a cycle lane.

Using a bicycle equipped to measure the distance of passing vehicles Ciaran Meyers, a postgraduate at the University's Institute for Transport Studies and his supervisor Dr John Parkin, undertook the study on roads with and without cycle lanes.

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12-13 October 2009

Public / Private Partnership & Road Safety

Cairo, Egypt


23-24 October 2009

4th Regional IRF Conference on Road Safety

New Delhi, India


25-27 November 2009

IRF/gTKP/TARA 2009 Convention on Rural Roads

Arusha, Tanzania


25-28 May 2010

International Road Federation

World Meeting 2010

Lisbon, Portugal

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