Everyone needs physical activity and options for getting around in their community, and learning basic pedestrian safety can help prevent injuries and prepare youth for a lifetime of safe walking. FHWA's Pedestrian Safer Journey, newly revamped by HSRC, provides resources to help educators, parents and others who care about pedestrian safety get the conversation started. The new Pedestrian Safer Journey tools are tailored to three specific age groups: 5-9, 10-14, and 15-18.
"The resources available through Pedestrian Safer Journey address specific challenges children and young adults will face as their level of independence and responsibility grows," said Nancy Pullen-Seufert, HSRC senior research associate. "Pedestrian Safer Journey is designed to help instructors – teachers, public health professionals and others – create an impactful educational experience that is age-appropriate for students."
The free resources available at www.pedbikeinfo.org/pedsaferjourney consist of videos (in both English and Spanish), quizzes, discussions and an educator's resource library that can be used as an introduction to pedestrian safety skills or to augment a comprehensive curriculum. The program can be used in a classroom or one-on-one. It addresses topics such as picking the safest places to walk and to cross streets, and the importance of being alert.
The University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center
730 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Suite 300 | Campus Box 3430 | Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3430
Phone: 919.962.2203 | Fax: 919.962.8710