The culprits complain about traffic, November 2023
Vima Science: NTUA Professor George Yannis explains the positions for solving the big traffic congestion problem of Athens. These positions are supported in practice by running 30 marathons in 30 months. The aim is to set 30 km/h speed limits for safe and green cities. To achieve this goal, 1,266 kilometres will be travelled by himself in 30 months, an amazing "journey" started in July 2022 and is expected to end in November 2024.
Effectiveness of city-wide 30 km/h speed limit, November 2023
International Traffic Safety Data and Analysis Group (IRTAD): The reduction of speed limits to 30km/h in cities leads to a significant reduction not only in fuel/energy consumption and air pollution but also in road crashes and congestion without a significant decrease in travel times. The implementation of a city-wide 30 km/h speed limit requires careful planning and consideration of various modalities. Launching public awareness campaigns and encouraging the use of public transport and active mobility could be proved beneficial.
Stopping distance at different speeds: 30km/h, 40 km/h and 50 km/h, October 2023
Liikennevirta: City-wide speed limits of 30 km/h is primarily for saving lives of pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists. Passenger car drivers should understand that beyond their personal safely, they should care for the safety of the vulnerable road users who are not protected within a car cabin and there are so many in a city. Please mind that on the roads: other kids are playing this game too.
A Greek is running marathons to slow down traffic in our cities, October 2023
Abel Coentrão (Público): During 30 months, George will focus on scientific planning and preparation, systematic effort and continuous monitoring and dedication in order to complete 30 Marathons. Starting with his globally recognised research group, the NTUA Road Safety Observatory and the wide network of his worldwide cooperations, George will ally with everyone who wishes to make the voice of 30km/h Cities as strong as possible, as soon as possible.
Road crashes: An increase in road traffic fatalities, October 2023
Kathimerini: In Greece, 36% of road fatalities are power two wheelers (the highest percentage in the European Union). Professor George Yannis mentions that managing efficiently (by police enforcement and massive campaigns) the five major traffic killers (speeding, mobile-phone-use, drink-and-drive, seat belt and helmet non-use) can be proved highly beneficial with a great number of lives saved even at short term.
Professor George D. Yannis runs 30 marathons in 30 months promoting the introduction of a 30 km/h speed limit in cities, October 2023
Polish Road Safety Observatory: NTUA Professor George Yannis' goal is to mobilize society, authorities, industry representatives and everyone involved in the decision-making process to change the current patterns of rapid urban transport towards safe, healthy and ecological mobility available everywhere and for everyone.
30 marathons in 30 months: A campaign for road safety, October 2023
International Association of Public Transport (UITP): Join the remarkable journey of Professor George Yannis, as he runs 30 marathons in 30 months to champion safer, healthier, & greener cities! UITP is proud to rally behind the 30km/h speed limit. The sooner they are adopted the more lives are saved and this is the highest compensation for George's cause. Let's make our cities safer and better together!
How to promote road safety? Professor runs 30 marathons for a 30km/h speed limit, October 2023
International Association of Public Transport (UITP): The discussion and introduction of 30km/h city zones faces strong reactions and rigid inertia. On the other hand, supporters’ voices are weaker and inefficient, resulting in hesitant politicians and authorities. That is the reason why George decided to step beyond the continuous scientific pleas and promote more actively the 30km/h city through my challenge of 30 marathons in 30 months.
Brussels Airport Marathon & Half Marathon - The Greeks, October 2023
Runner Magazine: Many Greek runners actively participated in the Brussels Airport Marathon & Half Marathon who either live permanently in Belgium or travelled to run the marathon. Among them was George Yannis who continues the challenge of 30 marathons in 30 months in order to promote 30km/h speed limit in cities.
Significant benefits from speed limits reduction, September 2023
In Energy Save Conference organised by BeBest: Speed limits reduction gaining rapid acceptance across Europe and more and more Europe's cities adopting lower speed limits. Public acceptance of speed limits reduction tends to improve over time. Pedestrians, cyclists and public transport passengers are more strongly in favour of lower speeds for private cars.
34% increase in road crashes in 2023 compared to 2020, September 2023
In Protothema: Professor George Yannis mentions that we can significantly improve our road behaviour and safety with driver telematics. As he highlights, telematics can lead to a significant reduction of road crashes (~30%) in Greece within a 2-3 year period. If telematics is applied to all Greek drivers, Greece can save more than 180 lives every year and drivers can save up to 30% on fuel costs and reduce their CO2 emissions.
Why city-wide 30km/h speed limit?, July 2023
In Road Safety Workshop organised by Technical University of Munich (TUM): Setting a speed limit of 30 km/h (20 mph) where people and traffic mix, make streets safer, healthier, greener and more liveable. A Cost Benefit Analysis for the City of Athens was implemented till the year 2030, by including all the costs (implementation and operational) and all the benefits (road crashes, fuel consumption, emissions).
George runs 30 Marathons in 30 Months, July 2023
In European Union Road Federation (ERF) newsletter: After more than 30 years of dedication to road safety science and several Marathon races, George Yannis decided to combine both passions for a cause: to run 30 Marathons in 30 months to actively promote the adoption of 30km/h speed limit in cities. By running Marathons, during these 30 months, he will promote actively the 30 km/h city-wide speed limits as the best paradigm for safer, healthier, and greener cities.
30 Marathons in 30 months for 30km/h in all cities, May 2023
In NRSO newsletter: NTUA Professor George Yannis, after more than 30 years of dedication to road safety science and several Marathon races, decided to combine both passions for a cause: to run 30 Marathons in 30 months in order to actively promote the adoption of 30km/h speed limit in as many cities as possible worldwide, as a fundamental policy for safer, healthier and greener cities for all. Speeding is the number one cause of road crashes worldwide and the active promotion of 30 km/h cities can save 50% of lives lost today.
Social Cost-Benefit Analysis of key urban mobility policies in Athens, May 2023
In International Transport Forum Summit: Social CBA supports green and safe urban mobility policies to efficiently face society skepticism and inertia. Social CBA can demonstrate societal benefits, increasing the acceptability of changes by city travelers and motivating Authorities and industries to implement greener and safer solutions. The use of social CBA can support the adoption of sustainable urban mobility and safety policies and convince the society (citizens and politicians) to support large-scale interventions.
Promoting 30 km/h speed limit: Running 30 Marathons in 30 months, May 2023
In Road Safety Research Challenges Workshop organised by NTUA: Reductions in speed limits are intended to improve road safety by decreasing travelling speed and thus reducing the risk of crashes occurring and the severity of crashes that do occur. Streets that promote safe walking and cycling can reduce car dependency and harmful vehicle emissions that contribute to climate change.
The profile of the dangerous driver on the Greek roads, April 2023
Kathimerini: In Greece, male drivers are six times more dangerous than female drivers, in proportion to the kilometres driven. Male drivers take more risks, drive faster and keep shorter distances from vehicles in front of them, resulting in more and more serious road crashes. As Professor George Yannis highlights, speed increases both the frequency and severity of road crashes.
Story #19: George, April 2023
Luca Pascotto: George Yannis is a well-known and respected road safety expert. But he is also a long-lasting marathon runner. George started running systematically long distances at the age of 16 and during his life he completed more than 40 marathons. He decided to combine these two passions and launched a personal campaign to deliver road safety messages during marathons.
30km/h speed limit for safer, healthier and greener cities, March 2023
ECTRI: George Yannis decided to combine both passions for a cause: to run 30 Marathons in 30 months in order to actively promote the adoption of 30km/h speed limit in as many cities as possible worldwide, as a key policy for safer, healthier and greener cities. ECTRI is happy to support the cause and to bring light to Professor Yannis' initiative to step beyond the continuous scientific pleas and promote more actively the 30 km/h city through his challenge of 30 Marathons in 30 months.
30 Marathons in 30 months to promote 30 km/h, March 2023
European Transport Safety Council (ETSC): A wonderful initiative from our friend George Yannis. 30 marathons in 30 months to promote 30 km/h speed limits in cities. Speeding is the number one cause of road crashes worldwide and I count on your support to promote actively 30km/h cities and save 50% of lives lost today; following and reposting is highly valuable throughout this challenging journey.
30 Marathons in 30 months for 30km/h in cities, March 2023
Runner Magazine: Scientific evidence so far demonstrates more than 40% lives saved with the introduction of 30km/h zones; in parallel to significant environmental, energy and health impacts with less fuel consumption and more walking and cycling. That is the reason why George decided to step beyond the continuous scientific pleas and promote more actively the 30 km/h city through my challenge of 30 Marathons in 30 months.
30 Marathons in 30 months for 30km/h in all cities, March 2023
NTUA Road Safety Observatory (NRSO): Professor George Yannis, after more than 30 years of dedication to road safety science and several Marathon races, decided to combine both passions for a cause: to run 30 Marathons in 30 months in order to actively promote the adoption of 30km/h speed limit in as many cities as possible worldwide, as a fundamental policy for safer, healthier and greener cities for all.