The Sidewalk Series
Throughout the world, the road network is constructed without considering children.
However, we still find young children naively playing street cricket, or a game of football in front of their homes, racing their bicycles along a sidewalk, or around a cul-de-sac or down a lane way.
In the suburbs and urban areas of the cities and in small towns around the world, the roads, driveways and sidewalks still remain a child’s main play area, despite the dangers.
Children use the roads as pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists and of course as occupants of vehicles.
They may live close to a road, play on a road or even work on a road. All these interactions with roads, together with a range of other risk factors associated with childhood, increase the susceptibility of children to road traffic injury.*
The world around us is rapidly changing. These stories offer the opportunity to demonstrate to our children where the little and large dangers are so they do not become big catastrophes. They also encourage young children to look out for themselves.*
These stories are designed for parents, grandparents and carers to read to their children, or to be read by older children to those who are younger.