A road safety centre in Milton Keynes has developed a new ‘Safe Places to Cross’ scenario in an effort to encourage children to use underpasses and other safe crossing places.
The new addition to the ‘Hazard Alley Safety Centre’ has been funded by Milton Keynes Council, who says child fatalities on the city’s grid roads prompted them to think about how to better educate young people.
Alongside the funding, the council is also providing subsidised visits to the Safety Centre for local primary school children in years five and six.
Since its launch in 1994, the Safety Centre has delivered road safety education to more than 300,000 children. The centre is the result of collaboration between Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service and Thames Valley Police, and creates a partnership between local government and health authorities, and the private sector.
The new facility includes a touchscreen, donated by Clevertouch – a range of interactive touchscreens distributed by technology company Sahara Presentation Systems – who has also provided training and support in developing on-screen learning activities for the children to use.
The screen allows the children to swipe and group pictures of crossing places into safe and unsafe as well as drawing their own safe routes from home to school on a map.
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Cllr Liz Gifford, Milton Keynes Council’s cabinet member for public realm, said: “I am delighted to see this new road safety section opening at the Safety Centre.
“It’s so important to educate everybody about road safety, particularly school children as they often walk or cycle to school on a daily basis.
“By giving them the right message now about road safety they can keep themselves and others safe when out and about.”
Jo Green, director of the Safety Centre, said: “This new area teaches children how to cross and be safe near roads.
“The children who come here enjoy learning about safety through discussion, role play and practical activities.
“Responses from our young visitors have been very positive so far.”
The Safety Centre is officially launching its new ‘Safe Places to Cross’ area on Wednesday 29 March (3-6pm) with a tour and demonstration of the facility. A Clevertouch education specialist will also demonstrate how the screens can be used in a classroom setting.
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