On Wednesday 11 June 2014 at 10am tens of thousands of kids march for road safety from their school gates in Brake's annual Giant Walking Bus for primary schools. This brilliant event raises awareness of the dangers of traffic and how cool it is to walk, and raises funds for Brake's work to improve road safety and care for road crash victims. See event pictures on Facebook.
Kids take part in this giant march for a giant reason: to say no to driving fast, and yes to walking! The UK has a poor record for protecting children on foot compared to many of our European neighbours. Half our kids are driven to school, increasing pollution and danger, and affecting health. It doesn't matter if your march has five kids or 500, you can make a difference. All schools taking part get a free resource pack to help them promote road safety.
You can also find advice on teaching and promoting road safety year-round here, and why not sign up to get involved in Road Safety Week in November too, our other big event for schools and communities.
Read on for three giant reasons to take part in the next Giant Walking Bus...
1/ Great summer term project
Leading up to your march, kids can research traffic pollution and danger and transport choices, and make their own 'slow down' and 'get walking' placards and other materials such as leaflets and posters. It's a great way to meet safety and citizenship goals and promote your travel plan or healthy/eco school status.
2/ Slow down drivers and get kids walking
Your march (in a crocodile of supervised kids, holding hands on safe pavements, or around your grounds) gives kids a voice, helping them tell drivers to slow down and look out for people on foot. We can help you get publicity for your march through local media, and promote the event in your newsletter or website, to get the road safety message out as widely as possible.
3/ Help bereaved families
Kids can be sponsored to take part, helping fund Brake's road safety campaigns and services for families bereaved and injured by road crashes. We give you sponsorship envelopes and certificates to say thank you.
We also run a star schools scheme, recognising schools that go the extra mile to fundraise, educate and campaign. Find out more
Already registered for the Giant Walking Bus? Find out more below...
Your guide to taking part
Risk audit form
Info on teaching road safety
Advice on local campaigning for safer roads for kids
About Brake's national GO 20 campaign for safer streets for people on foot
A giant thank you to our Giant Walking Bus sponsor Churchill