The Road Safety Education unit works to reduce the number and severity of accidents on the roads by means of education, training and publicity.
In addition, the unit deals with practical training for cycling, pedestrian skills for school children and the development of the Safer Routes to School programme.
The 'Bikeability' scheme is ‘cycling proficiency’ for the 21st century, designed to give the next generation the skills and confidence to ride their bikes on today’s roads.
The scheme delivers practical skills training for children in year six with the training taking place on the road in light traffic conditions and the children assessed on their cycle skills and knowledge.
Helping cyclists develop observation and manoeuvrability skills, it introduces the Highway Code for Young Road Users, teaches the importance of cycle maintenance and hazard awareness and provides information and advice on being conspicuous and wearing protective headgear.
Stepping Across is a pedestrian training scheme for children in year four: it involves children in the development of safe crossing strategies and allows them to practice skills under supervision.
Hazard Awareness is a classroom based session for children in year five which builds on previous training and develops skills in the perception and avoidance of risk as road users.
Resources are also available for schools to help incorporate road safety related topics into most aspects of the curriculum.
Contact the Road Safety Education unit:
- email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- tel: 01302 737538
- South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership visit http://www.sysrp.co.uk/home/
- Road Safety Week organised by Brake, the road safety charity visit www.roadsafetyweek.org.uk
- Bikeability visit www.bikeability.org.uk