The Long Short Walk
Safekids Aotearoa and FedEx are asking everyone to help make Road safety Week (May 4-10) child fatality‐free by doing a ‘Long Short Walk’.
The Long Short Walk is a fun activity with a serious aim. We want you to take a short walk in your community and take a video or photograph of a dangerous road or intersection. Photos can be uploaded in www.longshortwalk.org. Combined with snapshots from around the world, they will provide a glimpse of the risky journeys children take.
The short term goal of the Long Short Walk is to prevent even a single pedestrian fatality during the week. The long term goal is urge governments around the world to make greater investment in safe footpaths, cycle‐ways and crossing points, and on streets with lower speed limits, especially around schools.
Read about Long Short Walks held in NZ in 2013 in Safekids News.
UN: Have your say
We’re calling for road safety to be included in the UN’s new Development Goals. You can tell the UN to include road safety in its priorities post-2015. Join us, vote for better transport and roads and suggest road safety as an extra priority here.
Advocate for safer NZ roads
Governments at the UN are currently putting together recommendations for the new set of development goals. Right now, they are drafting the recommendations. Now is the time to get your Government to act!
Write to NZ policy makers. Ask them to ensure that a target on road safety is in the new Goals. A target to reduce road traffic deaths and injuries could be particularly effective within a Post-2015 Health Goal and cross-referenced to an Urbanisation Goal for example.
Visit www.makeroadssafe.org to download:
- a draft model letter to send to policy-makers.
- an information sheet on who to contact.
- a more detailed policy briefing for your Government on a road injury reduction target.