Preventing child pedestrian injury: pedestrian education or traffic calming?

Aust J Public Health. 1994 Jun;18(2):209-12. doi: 10.1111/j.1753-6405.1994.tb00228.x.


The traditional approach to the prevention of child pedestrian injuries in New Zealand is pedestrian education. However, none of the programs currently being implemented in New Zealand have ever been shown to reduce injury rates. The allocation of scarce resources to pedestrian education must therefore be questioned. In this paper we estimate the number of serious child pedestrian injuries which might be prevented if the resources allocated to pedestrian education were allocated instead to environmental approaches, in particular, to traffic calming. It is estimated that approximately 18 hospitalisations of child pedestrians could be prevented each year under this alternative resource allocation, disregarding any other benefits of traffic calming. These results emphasise the need to consider the potential sacrifices involved in the allocation of scarce resources to child pedestrian education.

MeSH terms

  • Accidents, Traffic / prevention & control*
  • Child
  • Child Health Services / economics*
  • Humans
  • New Zealand / epidemiology
  • Prevalence
  • Program Evaluation*
  • Wounds and Injuries / epidemiology