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Help requested posted on 14th May 2019:

Road safety road markings in playgrounds

Hello fellow road safety professionals, has anyone ever worked with the playgrounds and parks section of their local authorities to install road safety markings on playgrounds and at parks? And if so what sort of feedback have you got?

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Noel Gibbons

Noel Gibbons

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Response posted on 15th May 2019 by:
Keith Morgan

E: keith.morgan@nottinghamcity.gov.uk
T: 0115 8763942

Road safety road markings in playgrounds

Hi Noel,

I am not sure if this is quite what you are after. But we worked with Parks to build a mini bike track to look like a road track with roundabouts and traffic lights. A link to a news article below. Happy to provide further information if you are interested?
https://www.nottinghampost.com/news/nottingham-news/brilliant-new-bike-safety-track-395598

Regards

Keith


Response posted on 15th May 2019 by:
Julie Jones

E: julie.jones@oxfordshire.gov.uk
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Road safety road markings in playgrounds

Dear Noel,

You might find it helpful to think about what you hope to gain from this.

I'd be concerned about the message that parents might take from their children using a 'pretend' traffic environment.

After children have crossed a non trafficked road, would parents imagine child could deal with real traffic? After stopping at pretend road gway, would parents believe their child could make decisions when facing traffic for real?

We wouldn't teach a child to swim in a fake environment, would we?

First starting point should be, "do no harm".

Regards,
Julie


Response posted on 29th May 2019 by:
Robert DODD

E: dodd.robert@tiscali.co.uk
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Road safety road markings in playgrounds

Some 20 years ago when he playground was resurfaced at our local junior school we had a "road layout" marked out along the edge. This has been used ever since to teach Safe Cycling. Mini road signs are used and each junction is explained to pupils. Whilst there is no "traffic" my view has always been that it makes children think once they are out on the road. Feedback from parents has always been good with many reporting that some children now wish to sit in the front of their car to "observe" the road. I have some photos. On Victoria Embankment Nottingham the City Council have recently completed a mini road layout complete with operating traffic lights. The Nottingham Evening Post website has a report and photos.


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