On 11 June 2014 tens of thousands of children from hundreds of primary schools across the UK walked for safer roads, to encourage drivers to GO 20 around schools, homes and shops to protect children and other cyclists and pedestrians. The event also promoted the benefits of walking and cycling, and raised awareness of the fact that in the UK every day four children are seriously hurt or killed while walking.
A big thank you to all the schools that took part, helping to teach pupils about road danger and the benefits of sustainable, active travel, promoting road safety to parents and drivers in the wider community, and raising valuable funds for Brake.
See below for examples of what our star schools in 2014 did on the day, and see more pictures on our facebook page.
St Peter’s Primary School in County Armagh used their Giant Walking Bus to raise awareness of road safety issues in their rural community. The school is situated on a road with a 60mph speed limit and no footpaths, and the school wanted to call on the Department of Rural Development to make roads safer for communities facing similar issues. The school involved the local community with the school and playgroup taking part in the walk which congregated at the local football club. As well as raising awareness for the issues they face with road safety around the school they raised £300 for the charity.
John McAlinden said: The walk helped us unite community groups in highlighting our plight for safer roads and we hope that this marks another step forward for our school and community towards a safer road in Collegeland.
Alveston Primary School was accompanied on their Giant Walking Bus by their local community police officer and local councillor, Kate Rolfe. They made some great banners and flags and had discussions about road safety leading up to their walk to raise awareness of the dangers on the road.
Nearly 400 children from Ricelane Infant and Nursery School took part in the school’s Giant Walking Bus which raised £338.50 for Brake’s work supporting bereaved and injured families and campaigning for safer streets. As well as the walk the school ran road safety talks based on the green cross code in class to put road safety on the curriculum around their walk.
Aboyne Primary School, Aberdeenshire had over 300 children taking part in their walk around the local area. The pupils made their own banners and posters to carry with them on their walk. The school was Brake’s top fundraiser from the 2014 event, raising an amazing £1274.45 to support Brake’s work. Mrs McKinley said: ‘The Giant Walking Bus is a lovely day, and is a really worthwhile event to take part in’.
Wollacombe Primary School in Devon took to streets with 200 children parading around the village with home-made placards, drums and whistles to call for safer roads in their community. All of the children wore brightly coloured clothes to remind drivers of the need to slow down to look out for children around schools, homes and shops. The children all made a donation to Brake to take part in this non-uniform day, which raised £117.60 to support Brake’s work.
Barmston Village PrimarySchool in County Durham got the local community involved in their event. Alongside the 70 children taking part in the march, local police officers and the local councillor came to join in with the walk, along with representatives from local housing office Gentoo joining to support Brake’s campaign for slower speeds and safer communities.
110 children from Huddersfield Grammar walked from the gates of their school to call for safer roads. They used their craft lessons to make banners and posters to carry on their march to call for slower speeds around their school. They also managed to raise over £200 for Brake.
Castle Lower School in Bedfordshire ran lots of road safety activities alongside their Giant Walking Bus. They held road safety talks in class, ran roleplaying activities with road crossings in their playground, and baked traffic light biscuits. The school also raised a fantastic £547.55 to support Brake’s campaigns for safer roads and to support those bereaved and injured by road crashes.
Falconer's Hill Infant School in Daventry invited their local Police Community Support Officer to the school to teach the children about road safety. The police brought along a speed camera van to demonstrate how this worked, and the children then used it to work out how fast they could run and then let them see the speeds of the cars on the road. The police then walked with the 180 children that took part in the Giant Walking Bus and taught them the safe way to cross zebra crossings. The children also took part in role play in the playground, with children taking the roles of drivers and pedestrians to learn about how all road users should use the roads safely. The event was covered by ITV Anglia.
360 children from Smallwood Primary School and Language Unit in London made posters and banners to take with them on their walk to highlight the need for safer streets around their local community. They raised a brilliant £666.70 for Brake as part of their walk.
Christ the King Primary School was one of the top fundraisers for Brake this year raising over £800 for the charity. The children made road safety posters and banners in class to carry on their walk for safer roads in their local community.
Sutton-at-Hone C of E Primary School in Dartford held a school assembly to talk to the children about road safety, used Brake’s ‘hands up’ surveys to ask the children how they felt about their safety on foot and bike, and made their own posters and banners to carry on their walk. Radio Kent covered the walk, in which the school raised a brilliant £439.08 for Brake.