Program Aims to Keep Kids Safe Through Pedestrian Education

Each October FedEx employees and Safe Kids Worldwide coalitions team up to teach children safe pedestrian behaviors through fun and engaging safety activities. On Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008 more than 150 Safe Kids coalitions across the country will host more than 500 local events at elementary schools.

Safe Kids Worldwide and program sponsor FedEx created Safe Kids Walk This Way to teach safe behavior to motorists and child pedestrians which in turns creates safer, more “walkable” communities. The initiative’s goal is to prevent pedestrian-related injury to children. Since the launch of the program in spring 2000, Safe Kids Walk This Way has traveled across the globe, engaging FedEx volunteers to reach families in hundreds of communities throughout the United States and around the world. Other countries include the Philippines, Brazil and China.

The program relies on FedEx employee volunteers and encourages new partners -- including public officials, public agencies, community organizations and parents -- to join Safe Kids Worldwide coalitions to improve conditions for child pedestrians.

This year, events will include educational assemblies, press conferences and large group walks to and from school. Past events have included participating in International Walk to School Day and have focused on walking safely during Halloween.

Organizers will highlight important issues including unsafe intersections, streets that lack safe sidewalks and dangerous areas where more than one pedestrian has either been hit or almost injured by a care.

For a complete list of events, visit List of Events.

About Safe Kids
Safe Kids USA is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations whose mission is to prevent accidental childhood injury, a leading killer of children 14 and under.

More than 450 coalitions in 16 countries bring together health and safety experts, educators, corporations, foundations, governments and volunteers to educate and protect families.

Safe Kids Worldwide is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in Washington, D.C. Safe Kids Worldwide was founded in 1987 as the National SAFE KIDS Campaign by Children’s National Medical Center with support from Johnson & Johnson.