Not walking between two parked cars and always staying on the inner sidewalk are some of the pieces of advice which all pedestrians should follow, and in particular the youngest among us when walking around the city. On the occasion of World Cities Day, we offer guidelines all children should follow in order to travel safely around the city.
Traveling around a city is not necessarily going to be on foot. We need to consider the use of other forms of transport such as cars, buses and the subway. It is extremely important to choose the form of transport which is best suited to our needs, the journey and our destination.
In this regard, this graphic offers advice on how a child should travel by different forms of transport (car, motorbike, bus and plane). We would like to stress the importance of using a child restraint system suitable for the size and weight of the child and one which is duly approved, secured in line with the manufacturer's instructions and installed on the rear seats (take a look at the legislation here).
Advice on how to travel around as a pedestrian
-Depending on the age of the child, they should be able to travel independently: children should be encouraged to travel alone or with friends, above all when going to school. This helps boost their self esteem, socialization and the learning process through interaction and cooperation. We recommend you read the article: My child is starting school: what is the best way of getting there?
-If they are very young an adult must go with them holding their hand. This is a good moment to teach them how to travel around the city.
-It is important for them to be aware of how important it is to always cross the street using the pedestrian crossing, firstly looking left and right up the road. They should only cross the road when no cars are coming or once any vehicles have come to a complete stop in order to give way to the pedestrian. They should also know how traffic lights work and what each phase of the lights means. Stress the importance of only crossing when the lights are green for them and the vehicles have come to a stop.
-Never cross between parked vehicles on the street. This reduces your field of vision.
-On the sidewalk, you should always walk on the inner side of the street. It is best to choose the widest sidewalk possible.
-Pay special attention to garage doors. Stop and check there is no car trying to enter or exit the garage.
-Avoid distractions when walking such as using your mobile telephone. Keep youur head high.
-Take extra care when walking at night. Try to wear bright colours that make you more visible.
-Be vigilant when there are vehicles traveling in reverse and never walk behind them.
-Try to maintain eye contact with the driver when they give way so they are aware of your presence.
-Avoid walking in front of or behind a bus when passengers are getting on and off.
-It is important not to trust that you will hear the sound of the engine as there are vehicles you can hardly hear such as bicycles or electric vehicles.
More advice on how children should travel around the city in the following video: