'Model schools' for child pedestrian safety go online
Photo courtesy of Safe Kids Worldwide
Safe Kids Worldwide has launched a new web resource demonstrating projects to improve pedestrian safety for children around schools. The website will track the development of 'Model School Zone' pilot projects in ten countries which aim to tackle infrastructure, enforcement and behavioural issues that impact child safety on routes to school and around school entrances. The project is being supported with a donation from FedEx via the Road Safety Fund. Urban child safety is rising up the policy agenda, with both the 2012 Unicef 'State of the World's Children' report and participants in the Rio+20 negotiations highlighting the need for action on providing safety for children and adolescents in the urban environment. This is also the key advocacy focus for the new Zenani Campaign ahead of next year's UN Global Road Safety week.