Published: Friday, 2nd September 2022

Road security prime tips are being issued forward of 1000’s of Medway pupils returning to highschool in September.

As younger folks put together to return to highschool, roads are anticipated to get busier with college runs and basic commutes, so we’re reminding motorists, pedestrians and cyclists to take care on the highway.

Our Sustainable Transport workforce has issued the next highway security tips:

  • Be alert – keep away from distractions similar to carrying headphones and utilizing cell phones while strolling and biking
  • Be ready – if strolling, be sure to have walked the route along with your youngster earlier than the primary day of college and, the place attainable, use wider pavements and managed crossing factors. If travelling by bus, arrive on the cease 5 minutes early to be ready
  • Take additional care – the varsity run and morning commute could be very busy – permit additional time so that you don’t really feel rushed or careworn
  • Follow the foundations of the highway – keep in mind the important thing guidelines of the highway to maintain residents protected. Watch your pace when driving, encourage youngsters to cease, look, hear and assume when crossing the highway in a protected place and maintain youthful youngsters’s arms
  • Wear shiny and reflective clothes – if strolling or biking, put on fluorescent or reflective clothes to make sure you’re seen by motorists, cyclists and different pedestrians
  • If biking – be sure your bike is highway worthy and put on a helmet

Our Sustainable Transport workforce is constant to offer highway security recommendation to youngsters of all ages throughout Medway. Last 12 months the Road Safety workforce delivered priceless highway security classes to greater than 8,500 pupils, together with seatbelt classes which have been taught in 63 Medway faculties. We additionally teamed up with emergency companies to show lifesaving classes with the Safety in Action programme. Children aged 10-11 from 44 faculties throughout Medway nearly took half in water, hearth, highway, web and private security classes and the classes will run once more later this 12 months.

Pupils throughout Medway are additionally inspired to participate in lots of enjoyable and lively initiatives all year long, to maintain lively and scale back the variety of automobiles on Medway’s roads. The Medway Walk to School Challenge will return in October to encourage younger folks to stroll their regular college journey to be in with the prospect to win quite a lot of prizes. Our Climate Response, Child Health and Child-Friendly Medway groups are encouraging residents to participate as by selecting to stroll to highschool, pupils may also help help the local weather and enhance air high quality. Primary and secondary faculties throughout Medway are inspired to enroll to the month-long problem to stroll 2,000 miles, the equal of Medway to Egypt, to be in with the prospect of successful prizes together with class journeys to Kent Wildlife Trusts and a household ticket to Diggerland. To discover out extra, e-mail local weather.change@medway.gov.uk.

Follow the foundations of the highway always

Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Frontline Services, Cllr Phil Filmer, stated: “With thousands of Medway pupils returning to school, it is vital that residents are reminded of essential road safety advice. Our top tips are useful to all road users including cyclists, pedestrians and motorists and I would encourage all families to have a read to ensure the safety of their children travelling to and from school. We all have a duty to behave responsibly and follow the rules of the road, at all times, not just during the school run.”

Roads are anticipated to get busier

Cllr Martin Potter, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Education and Schools, stated: “It is important that we all follow the rules of the road and are aware of road safety, especially with Medway’s roads expected to get busier with schools returning over the next week. I would like to thank our Sustainable Transport Team who visit and educate Medway students on rules of the road and road safety. These initiatives support our child-friendly Medway ambitions, putting children and young people at the heart of everything we do.”

For extra highway security recommendation go to medway.gov.uk/roadsafety

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