Observational studies of school children's pedestrian journeys prompt action to improve road infrastructure
As part of the ‘Safe Latin American Children in Traffic Program’ the Fundación Gonzalo Rodríguez (FGR) conducted observational studies of risky behaviours of child pedestrians on their way to and from school, and an infrastructural survey using the iRAP Star Rating for Schools app, around 29 educational centres in 5 cities in Argentina. The study concluded that most children, except those in one city, walked to school and that many of them walked alone. Risky behaviour identified included not using the designated cross walks or crossing mid-block. With regard to child passengers, very few were observed to be appropriately restrained in vehicles and some risky behaviours were also observed at drop off points around the schools.
The results have been presented and workshops conducted about the child road safety challenges faced by each city. Relevant actions and stakeholders were identified to improve the current situation. Infrastructure improvements have started in Guaymallén, Mendoza, where the Government has a strong commitment to continue in this path, and assess more school zones. The other cities are willing to follow Guaymallén example. FGR continues to collaborate with the cities to improve children´s safety in Argentina.