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Road Safety Education

Wiltshire Council offers the following road safety education services to local schools:

Walk Safe

Walk Safe, Wiltshire's own child pedestrian training scheme aims to meet the needs of school children living and travelling to school in Wiltshire.

As part of the Council's sustainable travel agenda, the emphasis is upon encouraging children to walk, scoot or cycle to school rather than use the car. 'Walk Safe' supports schools in their involvement with the Wiltshire Healthy Schools Programme making sure children receive sound pedestrian training and are able to experience traffic and roads in a controlled environment; helping them to become safe independent road users.

Walk Safe training targets Year 1, 3 and 6 pupils with a combination of classroom and practical activities. For Year 3 pupils, this will include practice on real roads near the school. Year 6 sessions focus on transition to secondary schools, including route planning.

Walk Safe training is currently provided free of charge.       

For more information about the Walk Safe scheme download this flyer.

For more information please contact roadsafetyeducation@wiltshire.gov.uk

Bikeability - Cycle Training 

Since 2007, the national Bikeability scheme has given thousands of children the chance to learn to ride a bike and develop the skills needed to ride safely.

It also introduces young people to cycling as an everyday activity - an alternative mode of transport, an enjoyable pastime and a sport which brings a healthier lifestyle and lots of fun. Bikeability provides children and young people with a life skill they will never forget. 

What can Bikeability do for your school? (electronic) 

What can Bikeability do for your school? (print) 

For more information about the Bikeability syllabus download this flyer

For more information please contact roadsafetyeducation@wiltshire.gov.uk

Scootability

 

Scootability is delivered by a qualified Road Safety Officer from Wiltshire Council's Road Safety Team. Scootability is a 1 hour fun filled practical session for Primary pupils in Years 1-6, focusing on balance, control and responsible use of a scooter. This training is targeted to those pupils who may be travelling independently to/from school and taking more risks in and around traffic.

For more information about the Scootability training download this flyer.

For more information please contact roadsafetyeducation@wiltshire.gov.uk

School Travel Plans

A school travel plan is a package of measures aimed at reducing car journeys to and from the school site, by encouraging children, parents and staff to walk, scoot or cycle to school, or alternatively to use the bus or to car share. The plan should include a range of measures from promotion and education, to campaigns and infrastructure measures. Travel plans aim to tackle traffic congestion, reduce environmental impacts and promote physical activity and independence.

Wiltshire Council has joined the National School Travel awards scheme 'Modeshift STARS Education' and all Wiltshire education establishments can now sign up to the scheme for free. Visit www.modeshiftstars.org for more information and to register your school.   

Your registration request will come to the Road Safety Team for approval. As soon as we have accepted your registration, you will receive an automated email confirming that you have access to the system, then you are ready to begin your Modeshift STARS Education journey. You will find a range of resources on the STARS site to help you

What is STARS? leaflet

The Wiltshire Council "Taking Action on School Journeys Challenge" provides funding for on-site measures such as secure cycle storage and segregated pedestrian access, and for investigations into appropriate measures on the public highway.     

For advice and information, please contact our School Travel Plan Advisor, Ruth Durrant  travelplanning@wiltshire.gov.uk

Useful links

Participants Hub is a webpage offers advice and information as well as discount offers aimed at supporting families to continue cycling together. 

Other related pages on this site

Homerun - an app for parents to car share and see how people are travelling to school

Air Quality - with no idling toolkits for schools