‘Walk this Way’ aims to promote pedestrian safety around schools


The days are growing shorter, and soon kids will be walking to school in the dark. Lisa Pardi, injury prevention coordinator for Akron Children’s Hospital, will walk to school with students, parents and school officials on Wednesday, Oct. 3, as part of a national pedestrian safety awareness campaign.

This year’s “Walk This Way” event will take place at Pfeiffer Elementary School, 2081 9th St. SW in Akron (44314), beginning at 7:30 a.m. It’s part of International Walk to School Day.

Pardi and volunteers from the Summit County Safe Kids Coalition will offer safety tips and point out pedestrian hazards as they walk with Pfeiffer families around their school and neighborhood. Additional volunteers are welcome and needed.

Here are some statistics from SafeKids USA:

A relatively new cause of pedestrian injury relates to the use of cell phones, iPods and other electronic devices. Accidents related to distracted walkers have soared from 4.2 in 2009 to 19 percent in 2010.

“There’s been a lot of focus on cell phone use in the car, but not as much attention is placed on the pedestrian side of this,” said Pardi. “Last year, more than 1,100 people were treated in emergency rooms for injuries related to walking and use of a phone or electronic device. A child walking with a distracted parent can present as much danger as a child walking alone."

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