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Help requested posted on 30th April 2020:

Road Safety Education Initiatives

During our Road Casualty Review of 2019 a couple of areas have shown a large increase in reported casualties, these are for cyclists and children. Having looked at the details of each collision the following trends have been identified.

Adult Cyclists - other motorists failing to look and/or travelling too close to the cyclist

Child Pedestrians - running into the road, failing to look, failure to use a pedestrian crossing facility correctly

Child Cyclists - riding off the pavement into the path of a vehicle and/or failing to look

In relation to the child casualties the largest increase has been in the 11 to 15 age group and have been mainly male. Has anybody got any initiatives or campaigns they have successfully used in tackling these areas that they would be willing to share. Thanks in advance.

Peter Fleming

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Response posted on 1st May 2020 by:
John Billington


Road Safety Education Initiatives

Hi Peter

We do a lot at the transition stage. Our magazine "Move On Up" covers many of the issues you raise.

If you wish to view a copy you can view a pdf here:

Or I can simply send you a copy through the post!



Response posted on 4th May 2020 by:
Max Moorcock

T: 07966526764

Road Safety Education Initiatives

Hi Peter,

I have only recently taken over the RSO role, but we have always offered transition lessons for Yr 6 regarding safer Ped habits and public transport use (which is also covered by the junior citizens sessions we work with TfL on).
We have traditionally had difficulty engaging with secondary schools where those 11-15 year olds are who are also our highest at risk age children.
I have recently adapted our lessons for use at home (we usually do the lessons in schools between sats and end of summer term), and I would be happy to share with you. I am also, having been prompted by your findings, going to add some further guidance for cycling so would be happy to share that once complete.

Response posted on 14th May 2020 by:
mottershaw stuart


Road Safety Education Initiatives

Hi Peter,

I do a one hour PHSE class in our schools for year 7s and year 9s. The inputs are PowerPoint based but include videos which I then ask questions on to prompt discussion about road safety, risk avoidance and making students think about the consequences of their decisions should things go horribly wrong.

For the year 9's I use a 10 minute video called Ghost Street which was made by a company in Newcastle. Sadly the video is no longer available however the video is shocking and quite graphic, but instantly raises questions and makes pupils analyse the individual characters and determine who they think is to blame for the outcomes in the video.

A lot of the stuff I have used in my year 7 input is available on the internet from the Think website and I put it together myself.

There aren't a lot of bespoke packages available and I found it difficult to find stuff suitable.

I'm sorry I can't be more helpful but it really is difficult finding good material. Some of the Think stuff is quite good, but I spent an awful lot of time trawling the net looking for stuff that I thought would catch the attention of these age groups without being too childish.

Response posted on 14th May 2020 by:
John Holiday

T: 07974249181

Road Safety Education Initiatives

In my experience as Bikeability Instructor, secondary schools are reluctant to take up Level 3 training, stating pressure on timetable. However, this is a Life Skill and now with apparent resurgence in interest in Active Travel, is a good time to push for it. The funding is there.

Response posted on 19th May 2020 by:
Keith Baldock

T: 01273292258

Road Safety Education Initiatives

We also do transition action - Step Up project:
With session in cancelled this year's Safety in Action - speed judgement/braking distance and realisation difficult and with Theatre in Education for yr7 - theoretically data targetted at schools where collision data for that group higher (diff given variables).
Prior to CV we were expanding Bikeablility 3 provision to secondary - again project bid led.
Now looking at post CV era - more active travel, e-bikes and probably scooters (already there realistically) as well as others. Looking at possible basic ideas - inc simple Highways code/sign refresh - read the road. Anyone else? If you want to reply use my address as limited access to work

Response posted on 21st May 2020 by:


Road Safety Education Initiatives

Hello Peter

We have developed a transition program for our NCY6 pupils. It follows on from Kerbcraft in NCY2. It is also supported by a National Standard Cycle Training course in NCY6. All of our Streetwise schools also receive our Junior Road Safety Officer imitative for NCY5 pupils to educate the school community.

Our Streetwise program comprises of classroom based activities and practical training on roads around the school. The pupils learn about distractions, route planning, how to use public transport, the benefits of active travel, safe places, navigating busy areas, junctions, parked cars, etc. This program starts off in September and schools receive a visit from a Road Safety Officer every 3 weeks until July to deliver the Streetwise program. Our evaluation has show a positive behaviour change in transitioning age pupils with reduced casualty figures for pupils taking part in Streetwise compared to those that didn't receive the training.

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