Thursday, March 21, 2013

Cycling Ride2School Kids 5-12 yoa Road Related Trauma Greatest Cause Death and Injury Community Safety “Cyclists are much more likely to Die from Bicycle Alone Accidents/ Bike Falls and Riding on the Footpath onto the Road or Crossing than Dooring” Pete Dowe Cycling Safety Cycling Safely Cycling Deaths Fatalities Risk Reduction Informed Choice Victoria's Cycling Strategy Focus on Increasing/ Encouraging Cycling Participation may be Negligent“ Cyclists who break the Law are much more likely to be killed or seriously injured” Bicycle Network Victoria "Young people are being killed riding off the footpath onto the road" Bicycle Network Victoria



"Young people are being killed riding off the footpath

onto the road"

"Most (63%) of the fatalities in this group are under 15 and male." (2002)

"This type of crash also accounts for 18.2% of all cycle crashes."

"This crash type illustrates one of the main problems with footpath riding -

cyclists still have to cross a road at every intersection, including each driveway."


Riders need to take care when leaving the footpath to cross a road

or to begin riding on the road."

      "Road safety for children is like pool safety – constant supervision is the key."


Bicycle Victoria's Report into Cycle Deaths in Victoria 2002





"Road-related trauma is the greatest cause of injury and fatality
for children 5-12 years of age"




"When children see the world from the back seat of a car, they do not have a very good perception of their neighbourhood and their pedestrian skills do not develop,"




"A study from British road safety charity Living Streets shows children driven to school 
do not learn to negotiate traffic 
and may be vulnerable when they do walk or ride in their neighbourhoods."



Make kids walk - it could save their lives

Kids walk
Walking bus group from St. John the Baptist Primary, Ferntree Gully. Source: Herald Sun
CHILDREN chauffeured to school by their parents are at greater risk of being hurt or killed in a road accident later in life, a report shows
A study from British road safety charity Living Streets shows children driven to school do not learn to negotiate traffic and may be vulnerable when they do walk or ride in their neighbourhoods.

Recent British figures show 28 10-year-olds were killed walking to school compared with 86 12-year-olds.

Experts say this is because many children making their own way to high school don't have any road experience because they were driven to primary school.

In Victoria more than 90 per cent of children at some schools are driven by their parents, creating traffic jams and dangerous bottle-necks.

VicHealth figures show on average up to 80 per cent of children are driven to school, compared with 20 years ago when just 30 per cent were.
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Kellie-Ann Jolly, director of Active Communities and Healthy Eating for VicHealth, said the findings were relevant to Victoria.

"When children see the world from the back seat of a car, they do not have a very good perception of their neighbourhood and their pedestrian skills do not develop," she said.

"By secondary school, when they are given the chance to walk, they haven't had a chance to develop those skills, which need to be built over a lifetime."

David Healy, senior manager of road safety at the Transport Accident Commission, said traffic-related injuries were among the greatest threat to young children.

"Road-related trauma is the greatest cause of injury and fatality for children 5-12 years of age," he said.

Regina Flinn, principal at St John the Baptist School in Ferntree Gully, agreed many parents were doing too much for their children.

"The more parents do for their children, the more disabled they become. If they are driven all the time they don't learn to watch the road for themselves," she said. "And the drop-off can be dangerous, as many parents drive around and around waiting for their children as they themselves don't want to even have to walk to the school gate."

St John the Baptist School has a successful walking bus program, where volunteer parents lead a group of kids to school, but the funding for the program past this year was in doubt, Ms Flinn said.

VicHealth is funding councils to co-ordinate walking school buses until 2010, but then councils and schools will have to pick up the tab.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/make-kids-walk-it-could-save-their-lives/story-e6frf7l6-1111116968014

http://petedoweroadsafetyadvocate.blogspot.com.au/2013/01/toddler-driveway-deaths-fatalities.html

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