Walk This Way
Parachute, together with our sponsor FedEx Express® Canada, is pleased to offer the Walk This Way in Canada pedestrian safety program, aimed at reducing child pedestrian injuries and deaths while encouraging healthy and active living.
In Canada, pedestrian injuries are one of the leading causes of injury-related deaths for children 14 years of age and younger. By working together we can and have made a difference! According to Transport Canada, the number of child pedestrian injuries and deaths has slowly declined over the last decade. Parachute wants to see the rates continue to go down because each fatality is a tragedy – most often a preventable one.
Our pedestrian program offers resources and tools for parents, caregivers, teachers and community groups who share our goal of enhancing child-pedestrian safety. We are pleased to share these materials and always welcome feedback. Learn more about pedestrian safety and see our tips.
International Walk to School (IWALK) Month 2018
Celebrate IWALK Day - October 3, 2018, or walk/wheel to school all month!
International Walk to School Month (IWALK) is a global annual mass celebration of active transportation taking place each October. International Walk to School Month gives children, parents, school teachers and community leaders an opportunity to be part of a global event as they celebrate the many benefits of walking. Walkers from around the world walk to school together for various reasons — all hoping to create communities that are safe places to walk.
Halloween can be an exciting time for children and with the distraction of candy and costumes, safety rules can easily be forgotten. Check out our simple tips to keep Halloween night safe for all.
Safe school zones
Safe School Zones is a multi-country Walk This Way project that focuses on pedestrian safety around elementary schools, which will be called the “school zone.” The purpose of the project is to improve the safety of pedestrians around schools by evaluating the school zone and implementing different interventions, with a focus on permanent environmental improvements. The project is in support of the Decade of Action for Road Safety (2011-2020). The overall goal is to demonstrate that the Safe School Zone project is effective in reducing the number of collisions, injuries and fatalities on the road.
Parachute awarded a grant to Sherbrooke Safe Community in Quebec to participate in the Safe School Zones project over a two-year period, and they have just recently had their grant extended for an additional two-years.
Pace car program
Is your community concerned about pedestrian safety and unsafe driving? Are you looking for a way to engage community members to create a pedestrian-friendly community? Find out more about the Parachute Pace Car program, which is focused on raising awareness around speed reduction in the community.
Canada's favourite crossing guard contest
An initiative of Parachute and FedEx Express Canada, Canada's Favourite Crossing Guard Contest honours the extraordinary contributions of dynamic individuals who help keep our children safe. Find out more about the contest and the 2018 winners.
Pedestrian safety infographic
This infographic highlights five ways children are getting hit, paired with five tips to prevent them from happening. Download the full PDF.
Teen pedestrian safety survey
A survey of 500 teens was conducted by Parachute and FedEx Express Canada on the topic of pedestrian safety. View our infographic and read more about the survey results.