FedEx, Safe Kids Team Up to Launch “Walk This Way” in Suzhou
SUZHOU, December 16, 2009 – FedEx Express (FedEx), a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) and one of the world’s largest express transportation companies, today joined hands with Safe Kids Worldwide, a global non-profit organization, to launch the Safe Kids Walk This Way program in Suzhou at Chongdao Primary School.
Following its successful launch in major Chinese cities including
FedEx and Safe Kids first created the Walk This Way program in the
At the launch event, students from
At the launch event, FedEx volunteers played road safety games with the students and practiced safe walking exercises, arming students with basic pedestrian behavior and road safety knowledge.
According to a report released by Safe Kids Worldwide, road accidents have become the second largest killer of children aged 14 and under in China. An average of more than 30,000 children are injured or killed in traffic accidents every year. Of these, nearly 44 percent are child pedestrians. Consequently, enhancing child pedestrian safety education and raising awareness of road safety is urgently needed.
The rapid expansion of
A Safe Kids survey of more than 500 students in
· About thirty percent of the students walk alone to school every day.
· Ten percent of the students believe it is “safe” to cross the street anywhere if there is no vehicle on the street.
· Nearly sixty percent of the students felt the crossroad is the most dangerous area for walking.
· The students noted there are no traffic lights and no zebra crossing at the crossroads.
· The major safety problem is the vehicles that are jammed at the school gate.
· The students need to improve their road safety knowledge. Besides traffic lights, they need to recognize more traffic signs and understand how to cross the street safely.
The study clearly identifies the key areas needed for road safety education. In addition, the study points out that measures should be taken to improve the safety of streets while also educating drivers and students on road safety.
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About Safe Kids Worldwide
Safe Kids Worldwide is a global network of organization, whose mission is to prevent unintentional childhood injury, a leading killer of children ages 14 and under. Based on the
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