Community activities 2019
Here is just a sample of the amazing community activities that took place during Road Safety Week 2019! Thank you to everyone who joined in.
The Active and Safer Travel Team from Hertfordshire Road Safety Partnership had a busy RSW. The team ran an awareness stall to inform and engage Hertfordshire County Council staff and supporters. They visited schools to deliver cycle and scooter training, while sharing important road safety messages. Social media platforms were utilised to highlight key road safety messages, their school crossing patrols and the work that the partnership undertakes to encourage safe driving. The partnership includes key members such as Hertfordshire Highways, Trading Standards, Roads Policing and the Fire and Rescue Service.
The Hill Farm Riding School organised a hack with their young equestrians and adult riders. They also covered the mini road rider badge during their pony club sessions, covering the importance of horse-riding safety. The children and adults benefited greatly from the event and enjoyed a safe ride around the area.
Horsham District Council’s team of Neighbourhood Wardens got involved in RSW. Teams in Storrington provided activity packs for Little Bears Pre-school in Sullington. Wardens in Ashington visited the local toddler group Shining Stars and ran road safety activities and gave out stickers and postcards for the children to take home. Pulborough engaged with children and grown-ups on their morning school drop-off and gave out hi-vis bands and stickers. Communities in Billingshurst, Horsham, Steyning and Southwater also shared road safety advice and information from their Neighbourhood Wardens.
Brake volunteer, Sarah Hanratty, got involved in RSW to target drivers in the community that mount pavements and put pedestrians in danger. By displaying road safety posters and traffic cones along the stretch of pavement, Sarah managed to stop cars driving onto it and raise awareness of the problem it causes. A poster created by local children asking drivers not to drive on the pavement was also displayed. The event made an impact on drivers and the community has seen a change since the event.
The Boys Brigade in Sittingbourne get involved in RSW every year to engage their new members who need to learn about safety issues directly affecting them. The group used Brake’s road safety resources to teach the new and younger members about crossing the road safely.
Travel Action Group from Transition Tavistock promoted sustainable and inclusive travel during RSW at a community event. The team created a display on sustainable transport and addressed issues such as climate change, air quality and social isolation. Visitors discussed action needed to make rural roads safe for cyclists, ensure traffic-free paths to new housing, and enable healthier commutes to work.
The Volunteer Police Cadets in Derbyshire set up an information stand during the town’s Christmas lights switch on and spoke to local shoppers about road safety, while handing out leaflets. PCSO Alan Nield, who coordinates the police cadet unit in Glossop, said: “The activities were all designed to help support and promote national Road Safety Week. Road safety concerns are often raised by people in Glossop, and I know most people will be either a driver or a passenger. We hope that doing our bit to help raise awareness of the initiative will encourage people to do their bit for a safe and healthy future for all.”
RSW 2019 saw the first ever road safety fashion show organised by Go Safe Cymru. Fashion students from South Wales University turned high-vis clothing into striking outfits to showcase down the catwalk. Through their innovative creations, important road safety messages were conveyed through the visual platform of fashion and design. The evening hosted a presentation of awards, judged by a panel of road safety and fashion experts.
Tyne Valley Ices in Northumberland used their fleet of ice cream vans to promote road safety in their community. They aimed their initiative at local adults and children by raising awareness in the street and through social media. The team gave out leaflets and posters to promote road safety to the public, as well as talking to the local police officers about what they can do to improve road safety in the area. They also ran talks in classrooms to engage a younger audience with key road safety messages.