On the eve of Global Road Safety Week (GRSW) 2015, road safety professionals and other stakeholders are being urged to spread the word about the resources and initiatives here in the UK that have been prepared in support of the Week.
The focus for GRSW 2015 (4-10 May) is child road safety. Using the slogan #SaveKidsLives, the UN Road Safety Collaboration campaign is seeking to highlight the plight of children on the world’s roads, and generate action to better ensure their safety.
Here in the UK a partnership of road safety organisations*, headed by Road Safety GB, has prepared a comprehensive suite of resources and initiatives for the Week.
Honor Byford, chair of Road Safety GB, said: “GRSW 2015 provides a unique opportunity to raise the profile of road safety and highlight the importance of reducing road deaths and injuries suffered by children around the globe.
“Unfortunately here in the UK GRSW clashes with the General Election and a bank holiday weekend, which is why it is especially important that road safety stakeholders help us promote the activities we’ve planned and resources we’ve produced.
“Theses include a suite of road safety resources for children – including activity sheets, maps and country profilers – which are available free to download.
“We’ve also produced a series of simple ‘how to’ guides to help educators and others teach basic road safety to children. The guides cover children as pedestrians and cyclists, travelling in cars and on public transport, and setting up a Junior Road Safety Officer scheme.
“We’ve also compiled a database of road safety professionals with expertise with regard to child road safety, who are willing to provide advice and support to people in other parts of the world.
“And finally we’re running a series of four online discussion forums during the course of next week, covering children as pedestrians, as cyclists, travelling in cars, and how to set up and run a Junior Road Safety Officer scheme
“These forums are free of charge and open to anyone who wishes to participate, and will be held daily on Tuesday 5 – Friday 8 May inclusive, between 12.00-13.00. Questions can be submitted in advance or during the forum itself, for a panel of expert facilitators to answer in ‘real time’ during the forum.
“We are urging road safety professionals to alert schools and other groups in their local areas, in order to give teachers, parents and others the opportunity to participate in the forums and take advantage of the resources we’ve produced.”
*FOOTNOTEThe road safety stakeholders involved in the UK collaboration in support of UN Global Road Safety Week 2015 are: Road Safety GB (lead organisation), ACPO, AIRSO, Brake, CFOA, CIHT, DoENI, DfT, Highways Agency, PACTS, RoadSafe, Road Safety Analysis, Road Safety Support, Road Safety Wales, RoSPA and Transport Scotland.