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Adela Dimov - Safety March - National College Nicolae Bălcescu, Brăila, Romania

Adela Dimov - Safety March - National College Nicolae Bălcescu, Brăila, Romania

We, the students of XB, guided by our teacher Adela Dimov, mobilized to organize a march on the 15th of April 2019 for raising the awareness in the eyes of the citizens regarding the worrying growth in the number of car accidents in our city and also for showing the authorities that we need that change.
We had made invitations for this march, which had been distributed to the Mayor, Vice Mayor, city’s officials, teachers and school’s leadership. The Mayor invited us into his office and asked about the purpose of the whole movement. He was extremely delighted to hear about our initiatives. We obtained the approval and support of the City Hall for the progress of this activity.
On 15th of April 2019, the Vice Mayor had accompanied us all over the march. We were protected by the Local Police, Traffic Police and the Constabulary. The activity had been promoted and publicized in the local newspaper Obiectiv- Vocea Brăilei; the hyperlink of the article is attached, as a confirmation of what we have just said.
In order to come better into notice to the citizens, we manufactured some banners which had messages such as Reduce the speed!, Drive carefully!, Life has priority!, Safer roads, Imply cordially! The flyers also had been distributed to both pedestrians and drivers met along our way, desiring to stimulate them into changing their mentalities and attitudes by transmitting our enthusiasm of a positive change. They were very pleased about our action and we had positive reactions from their side.
At the end of the march, the Vice Mayor congratulated us and assured us that he will do everything he can to implement our initiatives. Our initiatives appealed to him so much that he promised us to request our collaboration regarding the development of the new projects of the City Hall.
Although the march only involved a limited number of people (approximately 80 persons), it had a major impact over the whole community.
Pictures taken during the march could be seen in the attached Power Point project, newspaper article or the short film realized by our colleagues.
We have written a Manifesto, as well. When the march finished, the Mayor, Vice Mayor and the head of the Local Police station were handed the Manifesto which summarized our ideas and initiatives. The problems discovered regarding the Dorobanților Boulevard were described and we suggested improvements to the traffic course.
Concretely, in the Manifesto, we proposed the Mayor the following changings:
- Two crosswalks should be provided at the crowded intersections of this road: Dorobanților Boulevard – Cloșca Street and Dorobanților Boulevard - Brateș Street;
- Speed limiters must be located into the dangerous curves, described previously, and into crowded intersections, mentioned above;
- Traffic indicators such as “Reduce the speed” should be assembled where most of the accidents happened: the intersections between Dorobanților Boulevard and Brateș, Cloșca, Diana and Albina Streets.
The Mayor committed to implement as soon as possible our initiatives.
Also, the Vice Mayor and head of the Local Police have assured us that they will closely follow the implementation of our proposals, specially the two crosswalks and speed limiters.

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What problem did you address/are you addressing? 
Brăila has mainly six roads and boulevards with intense traffic, which might be eligible for the production of many car accidents. As not all of the issues can be solved at once, after a serious examination, we decided to settle the Dorobanților Boulevard as the principal subject. This road has a radial and concentric structure and seals the other important streets of Brăila in a bow (fact that can be easily observed on Google Maps). This boulevard had been built after 1829, along with the legalization of the commerce on the Danube, when our town was the second most important city of Romania, right after Bucharest. In the moment of speaking, the Dorobanților Boulevard has two traffic lanes per direction, tram and represents a transit route for many cars that often circulate with a speed higher than the law allows; The mighty issues that had been found regarding to this street are:  The shortage of crosswalks; children and elderly are the most liable age-related categories for accidents. Generally, people are forced to walk through a long way to reach a crosswalk to pass across the street safely, which is why they often prefer to traverse illegally. This fact is perfectly illustrated by our teams, which photographed and filmed the behaviour. This act appears very explicitly not only in the photographs, but also in the movie realized and mounted by our colleagues. More exactly: the distance on Dorobanților Boulevard, between the pedestrian crossing of Galați Street and the crosswalk of Carpați Street is 500 m. There is no way of crossing Dorobanților Boulevard without any risk. At the intersection with Brateș Street, which is right in the middle of the space between the two main streets mentioned above, the traffic is very intense. The layout of a crosswalk at the intersection with Brateș Street would be very useful. The same difficult situation exists as well in the case of the crosswalks located at the intersections of the Dorobanților Boulevard with Gării Street and Diana Street. We’ve measured 600 m between them, which is why a crosswalk would be much needed at the intersection of the Dorobanților Boulevard with Cloșca Street (at the middle distance).  Dorobanților Blvd. is a traffic artery with risky curves which can reach up to 90 degrees. The lack of speed limiters in the areas with this type of curves and the absence of road signs that can warn the drivers about being in a zone prone to imminent accidents favours the appearance of regrettable traffic events. We have been collecting photos of shocking car accidents from residents that have their homes right on that street. Time and again, cars just divert from the street into the people’s homes. Thereby, the lives of the citizens that legally walk on the pavement, children that just ride their bikes or skate and play on the sidewalk are being put in danger. We have also interviewed some of the people that live there: each one of them told us that they don’t dare to let their kids to play outside, on the pathway, because of the multitude of accidents that usually occur. We have justifying photographs in the attached Power - Point presentation, as well as the interviews filmed by our colleagues;  The default of parapets located on the edges of the road is, as well, a factor which prevents the cars, implied in an accident, from hitting the nearby houses. Other European cities, which had been visited by our colleagues, such as Paris, Cheptainville, Lardy (France) benefit from this kind of parapets: the pedestrians are walking on the pavements safely and happily, fended from the unpleasant traffic events, provoked by cars.
What are your objectives? 
- Two crosswalks should be provided at the crowded intersections of this road: Dorobanților Boulevard – Cloșca Street and Dorobanților Boulevard - Brateș Street; - Speed limiters must be located into the dangerous curves, described previously, and into cr
Who was/is your target audience? 
How many people did you reach/have you reached? 
List the actions you carried/are carrying out 
Date 
sobota, 11 Maj, 2019
Name of action 

Safety March

How did you disseminate/are you disseminating results or how did you promote/are you promoting your initiative? 
Website cnnb.ro Photographic exhibition Film Youtube Newspaper article
How did you evaluate/are you evaluating the success of your action? 
Although the march only involved a limited number of people (approximately 80 persons), it had a major impact over the whole community. The Mayor committed to implement as soon as possible our initiatives. Also, the Vice Mayor and head of the Local Police have assured us that they will closely follow the implementation of our proposals, specially the two crosswalks and speed limiters.
Who carried/carries out the evaluation activities? 
Internal evaluation
When did/will you carry out the evaluation? 
Before, after and continuous monitoring
How many groups did you evaluate/have you evaluated? 
Number of interventions groups 
30
Number of control groups 
4
Please list the indicators you use to measure success 
Raise the awareness of the community; smaller number of traffic accidents
Please describe the evaluation tools you use (i.e. surveys, interviews, focus groups, etc.) 
surveys, interviews