International Walk to School Day is tomorrow, Oct. 9th, a day to emphasize the importance of driver and pedestrian awareness on congested city streets, such as those here in NYC. There will be more than 1,000 International Walk to School Day activities as part of the Safe Kids Walk This Way pedestrian safety program, which is sponsored by FedEx. Here in New York City, the program is also sponsored by Safe Kids NYC, a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing unintentional injury.
In case you didn’t already know, traffic injuries are the second-leading cause of death among children ages 5 to 14 worldwide. More than 61 children are injured every day severely enough to seek medical attention and almost 500 children are killed every year, according to the World Health Organization. Safe Kids NYC and FedEx are working together to raise awareness, promote pedestrian safety, create safer routes for walking and bicycling, and emphasize the importance of increasing physical activity among children.
The International Walk to School Day demonstration learning event in NYC is 10 a.m. tomorrow, when FedEx volunteers help walk a group of third graders from PS 4, 160th St. and Amsterdam Ave., to Safety City, the NYC Dept. of Transportation outdoor learning classroom a few blocks away at 672 West 158th St. at Riverside Drive. Students carrying banners and a “walking school bus” leading to a simulated Safety City, where FedEx volunteers will show students the importance of driver visibility and pedestrian awareness using FedEx trucks to simulate real street environments. Grownups can learn about safe driving precautions for motorists from a FedEx safety expert.
To find an International Walk to School Day event elsewhere in NY State or elsewhere in the USA, click here.
I walked to school growing up in Manhattan, and so did my own kids. Did you?