Railway collisions and trespassing incidents in Canada are on the rise, leading to more serious injuries and fatalities. Parachute is excited to announce the two-year #CrossSAFE program, funded in part by Transport Canada, which aims to promote rail safety and put the brakes on preventable injury. #CrossSAFE will promote and measure increased understanding of safe behaviours around railways with Canadian parents, children and youth – including pedestrians, cyclists and drivers.
In collaboration with Operation Lifesaver, Parachute will integrate #CrossSAFE messages and materials into annual educational campaigns (such as Back to School, National Teen Driver Safety Week and National Rail Safety Week) with a tie-in to Vision Zero efforts. We are excited to work with four communities which have demonstrated a commitment to rail safety education; expanding their capacity to raise awareness through education, activities and events.
Visit this site regularly to check for updates, and free educational resources you will be able to download and use in your communities. Please email Isabel at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and how you can participate in the #CrossSAFE initiative.
Whether you are a parent/caregiver looking for information on rail safety, or an organization looking to share information with your community, these resources will make it easy to learn about rail safety and prevent injuries.
Resource for parents and caregivers
This useful Tip Sheet for Parents and Caregivers provides key information on rail safety. These tips will help you ensure your family is rail safety savvy. Print, distribute to your networks, or share on social media with the hashtag #CrossSAFE. For more free downloadable materials, visit our #CrossSAFE Resources page.
Resources for communities
Parachute is seeking to build capacity within communities across the country to educate Canadians about injury prevention and rail safety. We've developed tools for #CrossSAFE community grant recipients, for use in their next #CrossSAFE event/campaign, to raise awareness of rail safety in their region. Visit our #CrossSAFE Resources page now, to download these free tools - and help prevent rail-related injuries and fatalities.