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South African pupils get on the walking bus to school

18 November 2010

On the walking bus, feet replace tires. Children do not sit, they walk in pairs behind an adult "driver" who leads the route between school and home. The walking bus is used by millions of children around the world each day. It is a method of transport which promotes physical exercise, supports efforts for a cleaner environment, builds stronger community relations and educates children on road safety.

In South Africa, the national GRSP gathered different stake-holders and agencies for a pilot walking bus project in the Western Cape called "Walking Groups." Launched on 5 November 2010, this

GRSP South Africa partner has an unusual message: ‘We don’t want new members’

23 September 2010

At a service station on a national highway in South Africa's Guateng province, five men in wheelchairs wait for the next customer to pull in for a quick fill-up. Wearing bright orange bibs, holding clipboards and approaching motorists with a friendly smile, they appear to be members of a club or a group of some sort, taking a survey or seeking pledges for charity.

But as they engage the travelers in conversation, it's clear they are not asking for contributions, or hoping to find new members. In fact, it's quite the opposite.

Nigeria on the way to global road safety partnership

7 September 2010

Representatives of the Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP) met with road safety stake holders in Lagos and Abuja, Nigeria in August 2010 to discuss the establishment of a national road safety partnership between the public sector, (led by the Nigerian Federal Road Safety Commission), private sector organizations and civil society.

The 2009 WHO Global Status Report on Road safety puts Nigeria among the ten countries in the world with the highest number of reported road traffic deaths, along with China, India, United States, Pakistan, Indonesia, Russia, Brazil, Egypt and Ethiopia.
 
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