Active and Safe Routes to School

                                                              

Active and Safe Routes to School

Work for a Better Bangladesh (WBB) Trust
In a Nutshell: 
Throughout the world in one generation the main mode of transport to school has changed; we need to return to the days of children traveling actively and safely to school, mostly by walking and cycling.
Challenges: 
The growth in motorized transport makes walking and cycling difficult and unsafe and many parents feel that they need to escort their children to school, often through motorized or other passive means. It is difficult to promote ASRTS without addressing these very real problems.
Innovation: 
While most people simply accept that these changes are “modern” we believe that it is ridiculous to accept that ever-increasing pollution, injuries, deaths, and other problems are an inevitable part of the modern world. Obviously we can do better and we are showing the way.
Concept: 
Children learn better when they travel to and from school actively; they enjoy the experience, and it benefits them physically, mentally, and socially. While it used to be natural for children to travel actively to school, the tremendous increase in motorized transport has meant a significant decline in active transport and thus needs to be addressed through various programs and initiatives.
Description: 
WBB Trust works with local schools to identify safe routes for children to walk to school and to encourage the behaviour. Innovative aspects include having children make wall paintings addressing the advantages of walking to school and encouraging other road users to respect and look out for them. Close partnership between an NGO and local schools can help achieve success.
Impacts: 
The understanding of the importance of children’s active transport has increased, as well as the realization of the need to address safety issues by limiting the speed of motorized vehicles. As non-motorized transport takes precedence over motorized, the urban context will become more sustainable.