Schools, nurseries, colleges and community groups can make a huge difference to road safety. By speaking out together about the need for safe and healthy mobility for all, we can make our communities safer, nicer and greener, help people to live active lifestyles, and stop needless tragedies before they happen.
Here are some of the main ways you can get involved:
Road Safety Week
Road Safety Week is the UK's biggest road safety event, coordinated annually by Brake and involving thousands of schools, organisations and communities each year.
To take part and register for your free action pack, please visit www.roadsafetyweek.org.uk.
Road safety is a great subject to engage children and young people with. It's a subject even the youngest children know something about because everyone uses roads, and road danger impacts on everyone. It’s also a vitally important subject.
Road crashes are a major cause of death and injury among the young, with the risk rising as children reach secondary school age and have more independence. Danger from traffic is also a big factor in whether children and young people are able to walk and cycle to school, to the park or to see friends, and therefore affects their ability to be healthy and socially active.
Our guide to teaching road safety has ideas for lessons and activities for children and young people aged 2 to 18, including some that can be run in assemblies or citizenship lessons, and some that can be incorporated into subjects like Maths, Science, Drama and English.
Hundreds of nurseries, pre-schools and children's centres run Beep Beep! Days each year using resources from Brake. These fun days teach tots and infants road safety basics while raising awareness among parents.
Brake’s Kids Walk sees thousands of children aged 4-11 from across the country put their best feet forward to promote road safety and the health and planet-saving benefits of walking. Teachers get free resources to help run their event, including lesson and assembly slides, posters, banners and activity sheets.
If you teach or work with young people, you can help them understand the issues around road safety and sustainable travel, make safe and sustainable choices, and speak out for responsible road use. Sign up to take part in Road Safety Week and get your whole school involved, or check out the following projects for secondary schools:
- Project24 – a competition for 11–18 year-olds that challenges them to make a 24-second film to raise awareness and inspire others to campaign for safer roads
- Youth for Brake – empowering young people to run local road safety and sustainable transport campaigns in their community
Many families have concerns about road safety, from being able to walk and cycle safely in your community – and deciding whether to allow your child to walk or cycle alone – to concerns about teenagers being in danger as passengers or new drivers. To get involved and champion road safety in your family, please click here.
Are you worried about road danger in your area? Are local people crying out for lower speed limits or better pavements, paths and crossings? Get campaigning, with our advice, and make your streets safer.
Help us continue our vital work supporting people affected by road death and serious injury and campaigning for safe and healthy mobility for all by running a fundraiser for Brake, which can help raise awareness about road safety too. See our fundraising ideas.
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