‘UN Global Road Safety Week – every child deserves a
safe place to walk’
During April 24 – May 10, 2013
SKT together with
the United Nations, World Health Organization,
Road Safety Directing Center,
Road Safety Partnership agencies, volunteers, and
promoted Safe Roads for children,
is part of the United Nations Road Safety Week with
‘Pedestrian Safety’ as the theme.
More than 750 participants, including government,
non government, NGOs, communities, volunteers, people,
children, and media joined the activities to promote
walking safety, the activities are as following;
Activities before Global Road Safety Week
The Long Short Walk
- a World Walk for Road Safety The campaign aims to draw
attention to the need for child pedestrian safety. The
host event team called for volunteers to join the
campaign titling The Long Short Walk - a World Walk for
Road Safety (More information at
http://www.mylongshortwalk.org/) by walking
throughout various locations in Bangkok such as Victory
Monument, BTS stations, Grammy building, Channel 3
building, and communities. Long Short Walk is a global
campaign advocating for safe for roads for all. “Road
safety should be the rights of pedestrians and children
as being road users.”
I'm walking for ...
A campaign celebrating pedestrians in the city.The host
event team launched the first-ever pedestrian campaign
celebrating walking in Bangkok through awareness, events,
and action which received a good feedback from all
sectors, both public and private sectors, people,
individuals, children and local media by writing down on
I’m walking for…statement. During April 24 – May 9, 2013
over a total of 500 statements were collected from all
relevant sectors such as government, private sectors,
local media, singers, actors, people, parents, children,
etc. You can see the Thailand LSW movement video clip at
On May 9, 2013,
Deputy Bangkok Governor, Pol. Gen. Aswin Kwanmuang had
called for a meeting on organizing selling areas for the
stalls nearby Khlong Lot and request for a Monday-off
selling. Moreover, selling on crossing bridges,
corridors or hallways are strictly prohibited.
Politician signs also are immediately removed from
walkways to the contribution for pedestrian safety. It
found a good cooperation from sellers. This measure
would continue to other areas such as Pak Khlong Talat,
Siam Square, Victory Monument, BoBae Market.
Activities during Global Road Safety Week
Decade of Action for Road Safety 2010–2020 -
Every child deserves a safer place to walk event on May
10 at Suan Saranrom Park, Bangkok with more than 150
participants and 5 FedEx volunteers. Aimed to
showcase all the Long Short Walk boards and encourage
the stakeholders to have a commitment about their action
that could be taken in advance to save child pedestrian
lives. The representative from Children and Youth
Council of Bangkok delivered the conclusion from 500
statements that most wanted for pedestrian safety could
be catagorized into 19 items:
No shops on footpath / arrange other areas for
stalls and shops.
No Motorcycling on footpath
Have smooth pavement surface, no pitted pavement.
Have clean footpath, no garbage, no litter, no
waste - - all these may cause an accident.
Footpath should be reserved for pedestrians.
Car stop when the child / pedestrian crossing.
Teach children how to walk and cross the road
safely. Adults should be good example as being road
users to children.
Organize footpath and walkway.
Have police / wardens when crossing the roads.
Have traffic light or signal for crossing.
Footpath should have road dividers with clear
Footpath should be spacious enough for walking.
Care for child pedestrian and promote road
Unwant shops on footpath although this is
necessary to support sellers’ lives.
Law prohibits a person walking on the street.
Unwant beggars or homeless people on footpath or
Need more bicycle tracks.
Notification if footpath and traffic lights were
Not play mobile phone / no reading on footpath or
when across the road.
The Deputy Permanent Secretary for the Bangkok
Metropolitan Administration (BMA), Mr. Sanya Chenimit
has announced that Bangkok city is ready to have
pedestrian-friendly footpath, in particular for the
child pedestrian. Everyone wants to see them grow up