Road Safety GB publishes updated Walked Routes to School guidelines

10.42 | 19 March 2012 | | 7 comments

Road Safety GB has published an updated version of its ‘Assessment of Walked Routes to School’ guidelines, which are available free-of-charge to Road Safety GB members.

The guidelines are designed to help officers carry out assessments on walked routes to school where the journey is below the statutory distance. An assessment is normally required where it is claimed that the route is not safe and therefore the local authority should provide free transport.

The guidelines contain a method of assessing walked routes to school and relevant extracts from Acts of Parliament and case law relating to transport to school. This should be taken as a basis from which each local authority can develop their own policy that includes what other factors, if any, are taken into account when offering free transport to those children that live within the statutory distance.

Road Safety GB members can download the updated guidelines from the members’ area of this website. Non-members can purchase a copy from the online shop on this website.

For more information about the guidelines contact Richard Hall on 01724 297346.

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    We have been trying to stop our local council removing our lollipop man from outside school. They have quoted that they used your guidelines to decide to remove him. Our lollipop man is on a blind bend outside 3 first schools and traffic doing anything from 20-35mph. Would you be able to email me the guidelines they may have used to help with this decision? Any help would be appreciated thanks.


    Victoria Newcastle
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    Just been told by East Riding of Yorkshire Council that they can’t send the guidelines to me but I can read on line – obviously not! So I will try them again.


    Julia – east riding
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    Do your guide lines differ from government published statutory guidelines set out in sections 508 and 509 of the Education act 1996 and schedule 35B inserted by the Education and inspections Act 2006, with reference to document “Ref: DFE-00501-2014 & DEFS-00373-2007 (updated March 2014) – Home to School travel and transport statutory guidance”?


    Martin Loweth, Cornwall
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    My understanding is that this document is being (ab)used by many County Councils in making risk assessment in determining if walking routes to school are safe. Their method appears to be that consideration is given only to highway and traffic conditions while other factors are deemed to be the responsibility of the child’s parent/carer. Can anyone comment as to whether this was how this guide was designed to be used?

    I am concerned that a failing of this system is that there is no means of accommodating the reasonable response of any parent/carer who comes to the conclusion that the route is unsafe for reasons other than highway and traffic conditions. The idea that traffic poses the only possible threat seems an entirely unjustified and illogical starting point for a risk assessment. A risk assessment should look at all the factors. Do I have a legitimate concern here?


    Angus J WIlkinson, Oxford
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    Mr Shearwood:
    These are technical guidelines produced to assist Road Safety GB members, and there is a charge for non-members to reflect the time, effort and expense involved in producing them. However, if you contact your local authority road safety team, they should be able to provide you with a copy of the guidelines, assuming they are a member of Road Safety GB. If you need further assistance please don’t hesitate to contact me on 01379 650112.


    Nick Rawlings, editor, Road Safety GB newsfeed
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    It’s not possible to comment on this without paying for the document in question. Therefore congratulatory comments from members about members’ work should be kept to a minimum of zero since it’s completely unhelpful to concerned parents looking to see what has been created by yourselves and that will be used to make probably significant financial decisions. A helpful comment would be along the lines of “why isn’t this document freely available since it is so useful?”


    Richard Shearwood
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    I would just like to take the opportunity, on behalf of Road Safety GB Officers, and hopefully reflecting the views of the entire Membership, to pay tribute to the excellent efforts of Richard Hall and his team in providing this excellent document as well as the well known and widely used School Crossing Patrol Guidelines.


    Brian – Road Safety GB
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