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China's Model School Zone Project

The School

School Name: Huamu Central School
City: Shanghai
Number of Students: 558

The Issue

At Huamu Central School in Shanghai, students face a dangerous walk to and from school due to speeding vehicles, traffic congestion and "school zone" signs that are difficult for drivers to see. Five students have been hit by vehicles while walking to school in 2011. Approximately 84 percent of parents have expressed concern about their children's safety while walking to and from school.

The Project

In partnership with the local police, road traffic engineers, teachers, parents and other community members, Safe Kids China will work to lower the speed of cars and improve traffic flow around the school zone. The project will include the installation of more-visible "speed limit" and "school zone" signs, the creation of a designated student pickup area and enforcement of no-parking areas to alleviate congestion around the school.

Where We Are

Safe Kids China


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Oct. 25, 2012 - We completed all interventions, including environmental modifications, education for children and parents, police involvement in enforcing speed limits and recruiting a school crossing guard. We will soon begin the last phase of the project: collecting post-assessment data to evaluate the effectiveness of our interventions.

July 23, 2012 - We have already begun to implement our intervention plan. Designated pickup areas were created to relieve congestion in front of the school during pickup times, and safety education was conducted for the school's parents and students.

May 9, 2012 - We completed Phase I of the project in April 2012. This included conducting the baseline assessment and creating the intervention work plan. We began to implement interventions in May 2012.