EASST partner, Make Roads Safe Hellas, continued their work in engaging kids in road safety learning last week with a series of events within the Municipality of Chania, Crete to mark both European Mobility Week and World Car Free Day.
On 19th – 20th September, Make Roads Safe Hellas taught over 150 children aged 6-7 years about basic road safety rules as well as practicing with them how to keep safe of the road using EASST’s new road safety education pack, which has been translated into Greek.
The lessons focused on how to cross the road safety and included information on why it is important to wear a seat belt.
In honour of the occasion, Deputy Mayors of Chania, Mrs Varvara Perraki and Mr Georgios Xanthoudakis, were in attendance as well as EASST Director, Emma MacLennan, EASST Trustees Sheila Fitzpatrick and FIRE AID Chair, Jim Fitzpatrick MP.
In a subsequent statement, the Mayor of Chania, Mr Tasos Vamvoukas called on citizens to participate in 22nd September’s Car Free Day, highlighting the problems they face daily in their effort to move about the city:
“For this year’s ‘Day without a Car’ we chose not to close a road, as is customary for this celebration and we had chosen in the past. Our goal is to identify and display the problems that we all face in our attempt to move about the city, which is why we are focusing on the lack of road safety, not to disclaim responsibility attributable to us but to track infrastructure improvements that we need to work on every day.
Thank you to the owners of regulated parking spaces, participating in actions and granting their premises, without fee, in order to avoid overloading of our city streets, as well as to the administration of the Urban Bus Chania SA, for their free transfer of our fellow citizens to and from their work.”