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Pedestrian safety program surveys 37 primary schools along BRT corridor

08-09-2017

Walk This Way surveys 37 primary schools along BRT corridor July 2017

Students practice the safety rules (stop, look, listen, and cross) when crossing the road.

The Walk This Way pedestrian safety program carried out a needs assessment and baseline research at 37 primary schools along the proposed Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) corridor in Ho Chi Minh City in order to understand the potential problems child pedestrians will encounter during its construction. The research was focused in target areas of District 1 and 5 that the BRT will run through and assessed the impact of the program intervention.

Assessment topics focused on the physical surroundings around the schools, students’ knowledge of road safety rules and behaviors, the behavior of road users in the school zones, and the number of road crash injuries and fatalities that occur around the schools. Some key findings from the assessment were that 33% of surveyed students had been involved in road crashes within the last six months, with 61% reporting having been injured and 31% needing hospitalization. According to observation, 100% of the roads around the schools lacked rumble strips and flash warning lights and 6% of the roads around the school gates lacked sidewalks. In addition, only 20% of students practiced all of the safety rules (stop, look, listen, and cross) when crossing the road. Walk This Way will use these findings to inform its program development at target schools along the BRT corridor.

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