NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – Safe Kids Cape Fear, Watch For Me NC, Active Routes to School, Wilmington Police, NHC Sheriff’s, Carolina Beach Police, Pilots Club, and Cape Fear Cyclists will join students at Forest Hills, Ogden, Holly Tree, Bradly Creek, and Carolina Beach Elementary and around the county to celebrate International Walk to School Day on October 8th. There will be more than 750 International Walk to School Day activities as part of the Safe Kids Walk This Way pedestrian safety program sponsored by FedEx.
WHEN: Before school begins on Wednesday, October 8, 2014. Contact individual schools for more specific meeting times and locations.
WHERE: Forest Hills Elementary, Ogden Elementary, Holly Tree Elementary, Bradly Creek Elementary, and Carolina Beach Elementary. Each school will have students gather at predetermined meeting locations. Events will be held rain or shine.
WHAT: Safe Kids Cape Fear and community partners will walk with children to advocate for safer walking environments for school children. Visuals will include students carrying banners and a “walking school bus” being escorted by local law enforcement.
WHY: According to the World Health Organization, road traffic injuries are the second-leading cause of death among children ages 5 to 14 worldwide. According to the Watch For Me NC campaign, each year more than 2,400 pedestrians are hit by vehicles in North Carolina, making North Carolina one of the least safe states in the US for walking. On average, about 160 pedestrians and 20 bicyclists are killed each year in the State, representing about 12% of all traffic fatalities that occur on North Carolina roads. In collisions with cars, pedestrians in particular have a lot to lose. Those hit at 40 mph have an 85 percent chance of dying.
Safe Kids Cape Fear works to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the number one cause of death for children in the United States. Safe Kids Cape Fear is led by New Hanover County Health Department. For more information about International Walk to School Day or Safe Kids, visit safekids.org or contact Safe Kids Cape Fear Coordinator, Julia Histed 910-798-6636.
Deputy Health Director