Pedestrians are the most vulnerable road users in Pune.
Especially school students are the most vulnerable in evenings, because-
- The light is fading
- Traffic is high and people eager to go home
- The students' shorter stature makes them less visible
Objective of the initiative
Distribute reflective, self-adhesive tapes to 20,000 school children in Pune, with a focus on municipal schools. These tapes, pasted on their school bags/ cycles/ whatever they use in the evening, will make them more easily visible and hence safer.
What do we do
With support from <to identify>, we buy rolls of reflective tapes - the kind you see on the back of trucks etc. We make "kits" from these tapes, by stapling a piece of the tape to an accompanying pamphlet and making packets of 30 such tapes. We contact a school, fix a time and date, and distribute the tapes to children, typically 3rd std onwards.
So far we have done it in a few schools and have given such tapes to about 4,300 students till Jan-2014. This year we plan to do it on a much larger scale.
How can you help?
You can help us organize a kit-making session, in your colony, in your child's school, or at the place you work. It is a lot of fun! A group of 8-10 people can assemble a thousand kits - enough for one large school - in just an hour! Interested?
Sujata Tilak, Asmita Indalkar.
01-Mar-2015: The activity is paused for this academic year as the examination season has started.
15-Feb-2015: Tapes given to 1300 children so far.
1. SNBP International School, Morwadi, Pimpri: 1000 tapes
2. Bloomingdale School, Narayangaon: 100 tapes
3. Bhairavnath Madhyamik School, Chakan: 280 tapes
In addition, "Building a Sense of Traffic" sessions were conducted in:
1. The Orchid School, Baner Road on 6th Jan 2015,
2. Sadhana Vidyalay, Hadpsar on 10th Jan 2015.
15-Nov-2014: Groundwork completed.
15-Oct-2014: Initiative is flagged off. Leaders are identified.