The ESRA initiative
ESRA (E-Survey of Road users’ Attitudes) is coordinated by Vias institute. It is a joint initiative of road safety institutes, research centres, public services, and private sponsors from all over the world. The aim is to collect and analyse comparable data on road safety performance and road safety culture. The ESRA data are used as a basis for a large set of road safety indicators. These provide scientific evidence for policy making at national and international levels.
At the heart of ESRA is a jointly developed questionnaire survey, which is translated into national language versions. The themes covered include self-declared behaviour, attitudes and opinions on unsafe behaviour in traffic, enforcement experiences and support for policy measures. The survey addresses different road safety topics (e.g., driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, speeding, distraction, seatbelt and helmet use) and targets car occupants, motorcycle and moped drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.
Already two editions of ESRA have taken place. ESRA1 was conducted in 2015-2017 and ESRA2 in 2018-2020. In total, 60 countries have already participated in ESRA1 and/or ESRA2. In 2023, the survey for ESRA3 was officially launced with 39 countries! Results will follow in late 2023 and 2024.
The ESRA initiative is managed by the ESRA Steering Group, a consortium currently consisting of 11 organisations across the world. The initiative is led by Vias institute (Brussels, Belgium).
Aim & objectives
The intention is to repeat this survey every three years and extend it to an increasing number of countries.
ESRA Methodology, in a nutshell, it is: