Sunday, October 26, 2014

Pedestrians Walking Walk to School October 2014 Victoria VIDEO VicHealth You Tube Stepping Out: Encouraging children to walk to school




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ferkd5zrMmE&spfreload=10



Welcome to Walk to School 2014!

VicHealth’s Walk to School encourages Victorian primary school students and their families to walk to and from school during October, building HEALTHY HABITS for life.
It’s easy to get involved:
1. Check if your school has REGISTERED by using the
   'Find a School' tool below
2. If your school isn’t registered, SIGN UP as an individual
3. Log your walks in October!
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About Walk to School


Walking – like all physical ACTIVITY – is great for children's health and wellbeing. Through Walk to School, VicHealth encourages Victorian primary students to walk to and from school with their parents every school day in October.

Learn more

For schools


It's easy to get your school involved. Walk to School 2014 is a brilliant way to support your students to build healthy habits for life – and win some great prizes for your school.

Learn more

Find a school




Latest Schools

  • Timboon P-12 School
  • Simpson Primary School
  • Hampden Specialist School
  • Cobden Primary School
  • Lysterfield Primary School

http://www.walktoschool.vic.gov.au/



This blog strongly opposes certain reforms

VicRoads is currently considering:


"under one suggested reform, 

cyclists could be allowed to treat red lights as Give Way signs. 

And the same could also APPLY at pedestrian lights."   

Also

"PERMITTING cyclists, riding cautiously, to proceed past a stationary tram;"



"ALLOWING all riders to use the footpath, provided that they give way to pedestrians."

Herald Sun 12.9.14





Lessons – Too many children die because they cannot control their bikes and are not “traffic” aware:




  • Supervision is the key. Don’t let your child near the road unsupervised until you are sure they can stop safely and cross roads safely.

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






"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







There were eleven cyclist fatalities in Victoria 

caused by the cyclist entering the road from the footpath and driveway (DCA 147 and 148)*

during the period January 1st 2003 to June 30th 2013

according to VicRoads CrashStats.




All of the eleven deceased were Male.

Six of the eleven deceased 

were boys 13 years or younger.




The six deceased male children ranged in age from 4yo to 13yo.

One of the deceased was 4, one was 5, one was 10, two were 11, and one was 13 yo.



Two of the boys were not wearing bicycle helmets:

an 11 yo boy in Geelong 

and a 13 yo boy in Maribyrnong



Almost 200 Males were seriously injured cycling from the driveway onto the road (DCA 147) 

during the period  January 1st 2003 to June 30th 2013  according to VicRoads CrashStats. 

There were 253 serious injuries caused by the cyclist emerging from the driveway onto the road.

199 were Male. 

84 of those seriously injured were under 15.

73 of those seriously injured under 15 were boys.




* DCA: Victoria Police Definition for Classifying an Accident


Pete Dowe
Road Safety Advocate 
July 10th 2014





Lessons – Too many children die because they cannot control their bikes and are not “traffic” aware:



  • Supervision is the key. Don’t let your child near the road unsupervised until you are sure they can stop safely and cross roads safely.



Bicycle Victoria's Report into Cycle Deaths in Victoria 2002























"Almost one in five fatal cycle crashes (16%) involved a cyclist, usually young, 

riding off a footpath or driveway onto the road." 




Bicycle Victoria's Report into Cycle Deaths in Victoria 2002






2. Entering the roadway



Young people are being killed riding off the footpath onto the road




Figure 4: Over each of the past 6 years between one and three cyclists


have been killed riding onto a road from a footpath or driveway (DCAs 147 & 148) *  (2002)


* (DCA: Victoria Police Definition for Classifying an Accident)




Almost one in five fatal cycle crashes (16%) involved a cyclist, usually young, 

riding off a footpath or driveway onto the road. 




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




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




The crashes mostly occur on weekdays (90%) from 7am to 11am and 2pm to 7pm




They are mostly in metro Melbourne (52%)


and in regional centres, mainly (74%) in 60 and 70km zones.




Recommendation to parents of young cyclists



  • Do not let your child near the road unsupervised until they are road ready. 

  •  
  •  This means they can stop their bike and cross the road safely. 
  •  
  • Road safety for children is like pool safety – constant supervision is the key.

·      

          Riders need to take care when leaving the footpath to cross a road or to begin riding on the road.






Bicycle Victoria's Report into Cycle Deaths in Victoria 2002




   Comment by Pete Dowe




    Cycling Participation: 


'Any kind of Cycling More Often?'




Pedal Safely














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