Road Safety charity urges little feet to join Brake's Giant Walk

Wednesday 28 October
Email: news@brake.org.uk

Brake, the road safety charity, is encouraging teachers and community group leaders to register for Brake’s Giant Walk, sponsored by Brantano, promoting the benefits of walking to school and helping schools to teach road safety. Schools can still run their own Giant Walk during Road Safety Week (23-29 November 2015), or take part in this annual event next year on Wednesday 15 June 2016. Every year Brake’s Giant Walk sees tens of thousands of kids learning about road safety in their classroom, promoting the benefits of safe walking and cycling to school, and walking for safer roads in their community.

This call to action comes as Brake announces the 2015 Star Schools. These are schools who participated in the event in summer 2015 and went above and beyond by promoting road safety to children, parents and in the wider community, and in their fundraising efforts to support Brake. Read more about the Star Schools of the 2015 event.

The 2015 Star Schools are:

  • Little Plumstead Primary School in Norfolk
  • Ripley Junior School in Derbyshire
  • Barmston Village Primary School in Sunderland
  • Trinity St Peter's in Merseyside
  • Sperrinview Special School in County Tyrone
  • Aboyne Primary School in Aberdeenshire
  • Gresham Primary School in Croydon
  • Woolacombe School in Devon
  • St Brigid's Catholic Primary School in Birmingham
  • Shortbrook Primary School in Sheffield

View and download photos of this year’s Star Schools from our Dropbox folder

View and embed Brake’s Giant Walk video advert

Brake’s Giant Walk involves children across the UK taking part in a walk from their school gates to call for safer roads around their school and to promote safe walking and cycling. The event is a great focal point for schools to teach road safety in class using resources and advice from Brake – road safety can be used to teach lessons on a range of subjects. Schools can use their walk to call on drivers to slow down in their community or call for other local road safety measures to protect children on foot and bike. It also raises funds for Brake's work to improve road safety and care for families devastated by a death or injury on roads, because most schools fundraise on the day.

Primary schools and community groups can register to take part during Road Safety Week now! Visit www.brake.org.uk/giantwalk/register2015.

To register for 2016 visit www.brake.org.uk/giantwalk/register2016, or call 01484 550061.

Every school that takes part receives a free bumper pack of resources, including a banner, posters, stickers and certificates, to help them run their walk and promote road safety on the day and year round.

Philip Goose, senior community engagement officer at Brake, says: “We are delighted to recognise our Star Schools from 2015. Brake’s Giant Walk is a great way for schools to call for safer roads in their community for children to be able to walk or cycle without fear or threat from traffic. Every year, as part of this great event, schools use resources and support from Brake to run fantastic lessons across a variety of subjects around the theme of road safety and active travel. It’s a chance to teach children about road safety and why walking is healthy and eco-friendly, and also to call on local drivers to make a big difference by slowing down to protect children on foot and bike. We’re urging schools to sign up now to take full advantage of the resources and support Brake offers to help schools get involved.”

Three giant reasons for schools to register today:

  • Learning about road safety: schools can use the event as a focal point for running lessons about road safety. Children could learn about travel to school around the world in geography, find out about the forces in road crashes in science, or learn about travel through the ages in history. Brake provides resources advice and guidance to help teachers plan lessons around their Giant Walk.
  • Slow down drivers and get kids walking: Brake’s Giant Walk can be used to help schools call for safer roads in their community. The walk allows children to call for drivers to slow down and look out for kids. Brake can help schools get publicity through local media, and promote the event in their newsletter or website, to get the road safety message out.
  • Help bereaved and injured families: Children can be sponsored by family and friends to take part, or schools can run other fundraising events with advice from Brake, helping Brake campaign for road safety and support families bereaved and injured by road crashes.

Notes for editors

About Brake’s Giant Walk
Brake’s Giant Walk is an annual event in primary schools where children learn about traffic pollution and danger, and transport choices. Schools taking part get their pupils to walk (in a crocodile of supervised kids, holding hands on safe pavements, or around the school’s grounds) which gives children a voice, helping them tell drivers to slow down and look out for people on foot. Children can be sponsored to take part and schools can run fundraising events, helping fund Brake's campaigns and services for families bereaved and injured by road crashes.

About Brake
Brake is a national road safety charity that exists to stop the needless deaths and serious injuries that happen on roads every day, make streets and communities safer for everyone, and care for families bereaved and injured in road crashes. Brake promotes road safety awareness, safe and sustainable road use, and effective road safety policies. We do this through national campaignscommunity education, services for road safety professionals and employers, and by coordinating the UK's flagship road safety event every November, Road Safety Week. Brake is a national, government-funded provider of support to families and individuals devastated by road death and serious injury, including through a helpline and support packs.

Brake was founded in the UK in 1995, and now has domestic operations in the UK and New Zealand, and works globally to promote action on road safety.

Road crashes are not accidents; they are devastating and preventable events, not chance mishaps. Calling them accidents undermines work to make roads safer, and can cause insult to families whose lives have been torn apart by needless casualties.

 

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