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School zone modifications installed at four schools in HCMC
The Saigon Times Daily
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School zone modifications installed at four schools in HCMC

The Saigon Times Daily

The newly installed raised crosswalks in front of Mach Kiem Hung Secondary School in District 5 - PHOTO: COURTESY OF AIP FOUNDATION

HCMC – Under the Walk This Way program, AIP Foundation has installed school zone modifications at four schools in HCMC to make them safer and more accessible for pedestrians and road users.

These four schools were selected based on their school zone needs. Ket Doan Primary School in District 1 is located on a narrow street that lacks a proper sidewalk while Mach Kiem Hung Secondary School in District 5 faces heavy and speedy traffic. Hung Vuong Primary School and Pham Van Chi Primary School in District 6 need refuge islands for pedestrians to safely cross the road.

The school zone modifications include yellow warning lights, refuge islands, pedestrian crossing signs, school zone signs, sidewalks, and slow-down markings. Besides, raised crosswalks were installed for the first time at school zones in the city to reduce speed of passing vehicles.

These school zone modifications were created by AIP Foundation in collaboration with the HCMC Traffic Safety Committee, the Department of Transport, and Urban Transportation Management Area 1. With the pilot modifications of these four schools, AIP Foundation will expand the program to other schools in the coming time.

Created by Safe Kids Worldwide and FedEx in 1999, Walk This Way has worked with more than a million students and thousands of schools globally. As the program’s representative in Vietnam, AIP Foundation began implementing Walk This Way in 2009, with adaptations to match the specific conditions of Vietnam’s traffic situation.

In addition to installing school zone modifications, Walk This Way also educates primary and secondary students about pedestrian safety through in-class training and e-learning software, organizes an online photography contest to capture the dangers of walking on the roads for secondary students, involves the local community and government agencies to provide a sustainable and safe environment for pedestrians, collects data on pedestrian injury in target areas, and some other activities.

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