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Active participation:Schoolchildren taking part in the ‘Right to Walk’ campaign organised at Oakridge International School, Bachupally, in association with The Hindu on Wednesday. --PHOTO: NAGARA GOPAL
Active participation:Schoolchildren taking part in the ‘Right to Walk’ campaign organised at Oakridge International School, Bachupally, in association with The Hindu on Wednesday. --PHOTO: NAGARA GOPAL

Right from creating awareness and providing infrastructure for setting up exclusive pedestrians-safety measures, students came up with a host of practical suggestions at the ‘Pedestrians and Right to Walk’ workshop organised at Oakridge International School, Bachupally on Wednesday.

During the workshop, students from Class 8 to 11 were given three different tasks, which included group discussions, drawing and cartoon sessions, to express their views on pedestrian safety.

The basic aim behind organising the workshop was to make students aware of the rights of pedestrians, said Kanthimathi Kannan, president of The Right to Walk Foundation, which organised the workshop.

Over 25 children participated in the drawing and cartoons segment.My idea is to promote the public transport system. This would not only reduce pollution but provide more space for pedestrians on the road as many private vehicles will go off the road, said Bindhu Podaralla, a student of Class 8.

Eleventh standard student Chandralekha, E said there was little awareness among pedestrians and vehicle users on road safety rules. Authorities, particularly traffic police should organise more interactive programmes and run campaigns to make people adhere to the rules. This would bring about a change in the attitude of people, she suggested.

All the students were provided with participation certificates.

There are hardly any rules or policies to ensure pedestrian safety. Forget rules, there is no exclusive mechanism for pedestrians to lodge a complaint in case of any untoward incident. If this can be provided, it will make people use pavements and follow rulesPranav KashyapClass 8

There are not many zebra crossings and pavements are also not well-maintained. Vendors and shopkeepers occupy pavements and pedestrians have to walk on the roads and thus they fall prey to accidents. Monitoring and maintenance needs to be improvedMaanasa ChittiClass 9

This workshop provides an ideal platform for students to exhibit their ideas. It grooms them on pedestrian safety and the measures that need to be taken. It will help them a lotAdilakshmi. CPrincipal, Oakridge International School, Bachupally

My idea is to promote the public transport system. This would not only reduce pollution but provide more space for pedestrians on the road as many private vehicles will go off the roadBindhu PodarallaClass 8

There is little awareness on road safety rules. The traffic police should run more campaigns to make people adhere to the rules. This would bring about a change in the attitude of people, especially vehicle usersChandralekha E.Class 11

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