Botnar Child Road Safety Challenge

Improving sustainable mobility: the new and young face of road safety in Sinaloa

Sinaloa, Mexico


  1. Secretaría de Gobierno del Estado de Sinaloa / Ministry of Government of the State of Sinaloa
  2. Secretaría de Bienestar y Desarrollo Sustentable del Estado de Sinaloa / Ministry of Wellbeing and Sustainable Development of the State of Sinaloa
  3. Ayuntamiento de Culiacán / Culiacán City Mayor’s Office
  4. Presidencia Municipal de Angostura / Municipal Presidency of Angostura
  5. Presidencia Municipal de Mazatlán / Municipal Presidency of Mazatlán
  6. Umbral Arquitectos
0 (2020)
Number of schools
Number of students


Amongst the 32 states in Mexico, Sinaloa ranks third since 2015 in deaths caused by road crashes

Steady increase in crash rates in Sinaloa where majority of road deaths are pedestrians (23%)

Culiacán is 15th amongst Mexican cities with the highest number of pedestrian and cyclist deaths

Urgent need exists for safe infrastructure and interventions that improve mobility on foot and by bicycle


To increase and promote the use of open data for the design of road safety projects in the state of Sinaloa.

Build capacity around best practice in street design and road safety within local key actors in the state of Sinaloa at a local level through 2 workshops and 2 technical roundtables.

Implement 3 replicable pilot projects of road safety and active mobility for young users in Sinaloa in 2-3 municipalities.


Promotion of evidence-based sustainable urban mobility options

Innovation in planning and street design solutions

Use of participatory methodologies

Capacity development of local actors in the State

Promotion of leadership in road safety

Road safety audits


December 10, 2020

Contest started with state-wide Design safety standards workshop 

A 2-part 4-hour workshop was held with over 50 city and state authorities from across all Sinaloa. Attendants received basic information and a design toolkit to support the development of street design projects with higher safety and accessibility standards. More than 50% of the state’s municipalities were covered.

January 27, 2021

Project contest winners announced

More than 10 final submissions were received for the contest. Winners included: 
1. The city of Culiacán (pop.  1 million inhabitants) won the 1st place with a design solution that will cover a very important crossing within the state university’s main campus;  
2. The city of Angostura (pop. 5,000 inhabitants) won the 2nd place with a design solution that will improve safety and accessibility in one of the main gates of the city were a highway meets the central zone of the city.  
3. The city of Mazatlán (pop. .5 inhabitants) won the 3rd place with a revolutionary intervention in an urban highway, which will improve safety and accessibility conditions, turning it into a prototype for further urban boulevard transformations.

August 19, 2021

Works in Angostura completed 

The city first carried out a massive intervention for rainwater drainage, and afterwards the project provided adequate raised pedestrian crossings, larger medians in the central boulevard and proper signage throughout the whole intervention. More than 1080 young students who attend either a public university or a public middle school will benefit daily from this intervention.

June 5, 2022

Works in Mazatlán completed

The works mainly focused on proper signage, improvement of pedestrian pavement surfaces and curb quality, as well as increasing the size of medians as larger as the space allowed. Given that this remediation is located in the crossing of a federal highway, there is a large impact because of the number of drivers and passers-by. In terms of young students, more than 2000 students benefit daily from this intervention, given that the presence of 1 private school with k-12, 1 middle school and high school, and one public middle school within a 500 m radius.

March 4, 2022

Works in Culiacán (Universitarios) completed

This remediation is located in one of the busiest intersections in the city of Culiacán, in terms of youth presence: around 5,000 students who attend the state university benefit daily from the improvement of curb-radii and curb extensions, the removal of a business that was invading the sidewalk, the construction elimination of one through-lane and the enlargement of medians in both streets.

March 16, 2022

Video contest winners announced 

December 1, 2021

1st State-wide experience sharing workshop

Around 50 officials from different cities attended the event.

January 11, 2023

Works in Culiacán (Angel Flores) completed

This emblematic project which is placed in one of the main streets of Culiacán is a one-of-a-kind intervention which proposes gradual speed reduction throughout a 500-meter street section. Also, a wider sidewalk allows students to easily access the schools without a big crowd lining up outside the school’s main gate. Accessibility conditions were drastically improved, the whole section of sidewalk pavements in the main school’s sector was freshly installed, and the curb radii was improved in 16 street corners. More than 500 students benefit daily from this intervention.

March 22, 2023

Works in Culiacán (Sócrates) completed

This project is located in the city centre, where heavy vehicular traffic is present, in the crossing of a small local street with a large main road where transit buses drivers speed through. Here speed control devices like reduced corner-radii and speed humps 50 meters before the school crossing were installed. As well as in the other two sites in Culiacán, the City provided horizontal signage, and additionally they provided vertical signage for this site, proving that the grantee could maintain good synergy with the local authorities in order to benefit more than 300 young students in this location.



Government officials partnered with and trained
Students engaged via training, education, and competitions
Teachers benefited from capacity building
Schools improved by road safety engineering
Parents trained and educated
Police officials collaborated with and trained
Drivers benefited from capacity building



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