On Wednesday 10 June 2015 at 10am thousands of children across the UK walked from their school gates, celebrating the wonders of walking by taking part in Brake's Giant Walk.
This annual event is a fantastic way for children to put their best feet forwards for road safety: to say "yes!" to the health and planet-saving benefits of walking, and "no!" to fast driving that threatens childrens' safety. The UK has a poor record for protecting children on foot and bike compared to many European neighbours. Half our children are driven to school, increasing pollution, danger and damaging health.
Every year schools who take part are sent a free Giant Walk pack including a banner, posters, tips on making the walk fun and safe, and ideas for curriculum-relevant road safety and active travel projects in the classroom. The event is also a great opportunity to raise funds for Brake's work stopping casualties and caring for the victims (we send out sponsorship envelopes for children to take home, that include top road safety tips for families.)
If you want to register for Brake's Giant Walk in 2016, which will take place on Wednesday 15 June, you can register online here.
If you have already registered to take part, why not tell everyone about it! You can share our infographic or our video advert. You can also follow us on Twitter and tweet about the event at @BrakeCharity and using the hashtag #BrakesGiantWalk.
Read on for four giant reasons to take part in Brake's Giant Walk.
1. Great summer term project
Brake's Giant Walk can be a fantastic focal point for lessons on road safety. You could run science lessons about the forces involved in road crashes, geography lessons about the ways children travel to school around the world - the possibilities are endless, and Brake provides resources and support to help you run great lessons. In 2014, 78% of participating schools ran lessons based on road safety around their event. Children can also make their own 'slow down' and 'get walking' placards and other materials such as leaflets and posters in art classes.
2. Slow down drivers and get kids walking or cycling
Your walk gives children a voice, helping them tell drivers to slow down and look out for people on foot and bike. 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
Children can be sponsored to take part, helping fund Brake's road safety campaigns and services for families bereaved and injured by road crashes. We can give you sponsorship envelopes (view our 2015 resource pack) to help your pupils collect funds and a certificate for the school to say thank you. We can also give you advice and ideas on other ways to fundraise.
4. Get your pupils walking and cycling
Brake's Giant Walk can be a great event to springboard a school travel plan. After children have taken part in the event they will have a greater appreciation of the benefits of walking or cycling to school.
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 Brake's Giant Walk? Find out more:
- View the 2015 guide to taking part
- View the 2015 risk audit
- Download our standard permission slip for parents
- Why fundraise?
- 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 and bike
What happened... 2015