Global Youth Road Safety Month
8 May 2013, National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS), Washington D.C
Global Youth Traffic Safety Month™ (GYTSM) occurs every May and gives students the opportunity to be involved in traffic safety initiatives to help spread the message of safe teen driving. On May 8, 2013, NOYS will host the U.S. launch of GYTSM on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC in partnership with the Global Road Safety Week. There will be a rally with keynote speakers, preceded by a "Long Short Walk 'n Roll" to start the festivities that morning. NOYS hosts several teen-led contests that are a part of Global Youth Traffic Safety Month to encourage teens to implement traffic safety efforts in their schools and communities. The largest contest for GYTSM is Act Out Loud. Over 300 schools participate in this contest and will be hosting rallies in May to support GYTSM efforts.
Contact: Julie Kettner
Tel: +1 571-371-1228
International Level Crossing Awareness Day
7 May 2013, Georgia Operation Lifesaver, Inc
For our participation with the 2nd annual Global World Safety Week, in conjuncton with the International Level Crossing Awareness Day, we will exhibit at Stone Mountain Park, Georgia, USA, where visitors from all over the world come to see this unique 3200 acre park with the world's largest body of granite. Our emphasis on pedestrian safety will focus on educating the public about the dangers of walking on railroad tracks as there has been an increase in pedestrian deaths, and we hope to prevent these needless tragedies through our educational efforts.
Contact: Jennie Glasgow
29 April - 3 May 2013, Working Group on Motor Vehicle Safety at the University of Toledo
In the state of Ohio, there were 93 pedestrian fatalities in 2010. Pedestrian deaths accounted for 8.6% of the total motor vehicle fatalities. The University of Toledo has recognized the dangers to pedestrians and has established an informal center for education of the community to prevent motor vehicle fatalities. We have cooperated with other organizations. In the city of Toledo, Ohio (USA) if a child lives within two miles of the school building the student has to walk to school through trafficked areas. Volunteers are escorting the students to school. Students living more than two miles from the school building are either bused by the city or driven to school by family or teenage friend. The bus is by far the safest way. For more senior students an education forum on motor vehicle safety is being developed by collaboration of a local high school and the University of Toledo Safety Center during Prom week (annual spring dance). Activities planned include a panel discussion on motor vehicle safety, interviews with pedestrians who were injured by a motor vehicle, and a student art contest emphasizing pedestrian safety with a prize for the winning poster.
Contact: Patrick J. Mulrow
Tel: +1 419 383 4426
Bike to School Day Celebration at Lincoln Park
8 May 2013, Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization (CHPSPO)
In celebration of National Bike to School Day and UN Global Road Safety Week, CHPSPO is organizing 12+ schools to participate in a pit stop at Lincoln Park, DC. Families meet up and join bike trains to their respective schools. We expect 400+ participants (similar to 2012). Details here http://chpspo.org/2013/04/14/bike-to-school-day-is-may-8-save-the-date/
Contact: Sandra Moscoso
Tel: +1 703 585-1647
Walk @ Work and Pedestrian Safety Week
8 May 2013, Kansas City Area Transportation Authority
KCATA will host a national walk at work day starting at KCATA headquarters. Prior to the event KCATA will distribute pedestrian safety literature to all walkers.
Contact: Lawrence Baker
US Congressional Briefing and Panel Discussion on International Road Safety
7 May 2013, ASIRT
The Association for Safe International Road Travel (ASIRT) is hosting a panel discussion on Capitol Hill to raise awareness among U.S. policy makers about road crashes and how they impact the economic and social well-being of individuals, communities and society-at-large. Expert panelists from the World Bank, EMBARQ and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will outline some common challenges facing governmental, non-governmental, and international development agencies in addressing the global road crash epidemic and present examples of evidence-based systems, policy, and programmatic interventions that are known to reduce the number of road traffic injuries and fatalities in the U.S. and abroad. Discussion topics will include the escalating risk to pedestrians in the U.S. and globally, especially in developing countries, and will conclude with an open discussion about the role of U.S. Government agencies in effecting policy change at the domestic and global level.
Contact: Cathy Silberman
Safe Walking for All: A Road Safety Week Conversation at the World Bank
9 May 2013, The World Bank
In 2010, Nelson Mandela's 13-year-old great-granddaughter Zenani was killed in a car crash as she was returning home from Soweto. Her death drew global attention to a health epidemic in countries around the world and turned the Mandela family into activists for road safety. During Global Road Safety Week 2013, on May 9, Nelson Mandela grandson and activist Kweku Mandela will join Safe Kids Worldwide President & CEO Kate Carr and former Costa Rica Transport Minister Karla Gonzalez, now with the World Bank, for their personal stories about road safety and a discussion about the challenges and solutions for pedestrian safety, with a focus on children. Walking is a fundamental form of mobility, yet it is also the most vulnerable to road traffic injury. The numbers are stark. Globally, 1.24 million people died from traffic crashes every year. Close to a quarter of them are pedestrians, including children who face dangerous walks to school, often with cars zipping past as they try to cross roadways. The short film "Dying for an Education," which will be shown during the event, puts the danger of road safety for school children into its human context. The message from our panelists: These deaths are predictable and preventable. Join us for this important conversation online at http://live.worldbank.org/road-safety-week or on Twitter with #wblive.
Contact: Brendan Halleman
Tel: +1 202 473 3761
Global Road Safety Week
6 May 2013, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
In recognition of Global Road Safety Week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released two articles in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR):
Announcements: Global Road Safety Week — May 6–12, 2013
Motor Vehicle Traffic-Related Pedestrian Deaths — United States, 2001–2010
Additional CDC activities in the United States include participation in the Association for Safe International Road Travel’s US Congressional Briefing and Panel Discussion on International Road Safety (May 7) and the Global Road Safety Week event (May 8) in Washington, D.C. (organized by National Organizations for Youth Safety and others). CDC was also involved in the development of the Center for Active Design’s “Active Design Supplement: Promoting Safety”.
Contact: Michele Huitric