Children’s Perspectives on Road Traffic Safety
Road traffic crashes kill more than 500 children every day. More than 90 percent of these casualties occur in low- and middle-income countries. Most of those killed or injured in developing countries are pedestrians.
Motorization and urbanization in developing countries are predicted to increase dramatically in the next decade. To better understand pedestrian safety in major cities across the globe, the Safe Kids Walk This Way program, funded by FedEx, worked with 2,255 students through a project called PHOTOVOICE: Children’s Perspectives on Road Traffic Safety to capture on film the environments children face while walking. The project was implemented in Brazil, Canada, China, India, Korea, Mexico, Philippines, Thailand, the United States and Vietnam.
Students ages 9-14 took part in pedestrian safety education sessions and photography training before digital cameras were provided. The students captured 5,473 photographs of the pedestrian environments in 10 countries. Children, parents, teachers and community members were invited to identify pedestrian-related issues in their community and explore solutions. Participants used the photographs to advocate for permanent infrastructure changes that improve walking environments for children. Safe Kids Worldwide also provided grants to communities to make permanent changes to the risks identified through the photos.
Take a look at some of the before and after photos that show the progress being made through the project.