What is the challenge?
- An estimated 261,367 people die on China’s roads each year – more than 29 road crashes each hour
- 26% of road fatality victims in China are pedestrians
- Schools do not have a national road safety curriculum
- See the WHO Country Profile or more information
In our target provinces (Chongqing and Sichuan):
- The Chevron natural gas development project involves the construction of pipelines, new roads, and significant logistical movement on ill-managed local roads
- Students travelling to school as pedestrians, cyclists, and passengers are increasingly exposed to heavy industrial vehicle traffic
- In July 2012, an average of 57% of students at the project schools reported having been injured in road crashes, and the vast majority (76%) only sometimes felt safe on the road on the way to school
- See our baseline report for more information
What are we doing?
AIP Foundation’s operations in China are exclusively focused on delivering Walk Wise, in partnership with Chevron, in Chongqing, China.
Engagement with local communities began in 2011, and AIP Foundation launched the Walk Wise pilot in November 2012. By encouraging early community involvement, Walk Wise has gained widespread support from local schools, police, families, and community groups. This cooperation between project partners and beneficiaries facilitates effective delivery of the program.
The Walk Wise project in Kai County of Chongqing seeks to improve the road safety environment for students and their communities by focusing on five key components:
- School-based education
- Public advocacy and community education
- Stakeholder involvement and capacity building
- Road treatments near school zones
- Research, monitoring, and evaluation
The third year of the Walk Wise program in 2014-2015 concluded with positive results. Students’ knowledge of pedestrian skills increased from 27% in 2014 to 72% in 2015. Evaluation results showed that students’ road safety behaviors were significantly improved. Among the 1,719 students randomly observed, over 90% of the students looked in both directions while crossing the road.
For the 2015-2016 school year, 57 schools are included in the project, directly reaching 69,422 students.
What do we hope to achieve?
To create a dynamic program to address pedestrian safety in the region.
Find out more:
- 16-11-2016 Traffic simulation corners installed at 23 Walk Wise project schools
- 25-10-2016 More than 400 teachers in China trained on road safety curriculum for Walk Wise school activities
- 14-10-2016 Walk Wise, supported by Chevron, expands road safety education to 23 new schools in its fifth year
- 24-08-2016 Walk Wise project partners strategize for 23-school expansion
- 20-08-2016 Walk Wise serves 10 communities, more than 100 children via local outreach events
- 20-07-2016 Walk Wise program reaches out to under-served children on summer holiday
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