National Pedestrian Day

Pedestrian Day

Ever heard the word Pedestal? Who are they? No, Well, let us make it easier how many of us are familiar with the word Pedestrian. We all have heard about it. A pedestal is a Latin word that means people traveling on foot. The word Pedestrian is derived from there only. But it has a bigger meaning as it shares with us about a large number of people who travel on foot for various reasons.

We collaborated with CEE, SUM NET INDIA, our students did a survey, they found that some of us take a walk to remain healthy. Few avoid the traffic while traveling for a shorter distance. The majority are compelled to walk due to the lack of personal convene.

But are our roads safe enough for the Pedestrians? Are there enough sidewalks or skywalks for them to cross the road or walk along? These are the few questions that constantly nag us as we try to take a walk or juggle to cross the roads. What can we do as responsible citizens?

Our students tried to find a few ways to ensure that there are safety measures followed both by the pedestrians as well as those behind the wheels. The first thing they found was that we need to address the government to ensure we build enough sidewalks and skywalks for those traveling on foot. Then we need to appeal to the people behind the wheels not to drive or ride over the sidewalks/footpaths. Maintaining the sidewalks is the responsibility of everyone. They found that if we start working today, we would surely make a better Walkable India.

So it’s an appeal to everybody. Let’s vouch to make a better Walkable India by ensuring to sign the petition and celebrate the joy of walking on this 11th January and every day. The National pedestrian day is a campaign that highlights the need for safe, convenient, and pleasant walking infrastructure in the country and to develop a culture where pedestrians are respected.
The objective of this mission is to highlight the alarming rise in pedestrian fatalities. Streets and walking neighborhoods to be strengthened and made safe and inclusive in such a way that it accommodates all types of
road users – from children to elders.

This program examines conditions around schools and conducts projects, surveys, and activities that work to improve safety and accessibility and reduce traffic and air pollution in the vicinity of schools. As a result, these
programs help make walking to school safer and more appealing transportation choices; thus encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle from an early age.

At GJR we encouraged active commutes to school and also incorporated safety education. For children to adopt new skills, they need practice time and repeated reinforcement of the key messages. For most schools, a one-day event is not enough, it is a transition that should continue around the year. Communities see the promise of healthier students and safer streets.

GJR International School
Bangalore

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