Road Safety Education in Birmingham
The Birmingham Connected vision for the future of transport in Birmingham is for a safer, healthier and greener city. The road safety interventions implemented and supported by Birmingham City Council and partners are designed to promote safer behaviour by road users and more sustainable travel choices. Education, training and campaigns are targeted and focus particularly on vulnerable road user groups.
Primary School Road Safety Education
Primary schools in high priority areas are offered age appropriate pedestrian training from our Road Safety Team and partners. If you would like to receive more information about pedestrian training at your school please contact us.
Interactive road safety role play equipment is available for loan to schools to support the teaching of road safety, perhaps as part of a road safety themed week or transport topic. This is most suitable for nursery and infant school children. For more information please contact us.
Transistion between primary and secondary school is a key time to influence young people's travel choices. Age 12 is also the peak for child pedestrian casualties so it is important to remind pupils about road safety in year 6. The 'On the Move!' series of lesson plans for year 6 teachers are available free of charge and are designed to influence travel choices. To receive a downloadable pdf copy of the lesson plans click below.
To further support educational establishments, individuals and communities there is a wealth of road safety and sustainable travel resources available on line, here is a selection:
Secondary School & College Road Safety Education
Independent travel training teaches the skills for young people who need additional support to make journeys independently and safely. An Open College Network (OCN) independent travel qualification for students with special educational needs is available. For more information schools or colleges can contact us.
Driver Road Safety Education
The Road Safety Team regularly holds child car seat checking events at supermarkets and children's centres. For more information about these events please contact us. For general information about child car seats please visit www.childcarseats.org.uk.
A new pre-driver and young driver education programme is currently being developed with our partners and more information will be available soon. In the meantime for safer driving advice please go to think.direct.gov.uk
A new safer motorcycling programme is currently being developed with our partners and more information will be available soon. In the meantime for safe motorcycling advice please go to think.direct.gov.uk
Cycle Training and Safety
Bikeability gives students the skills and confidence to cycle on road. Level 2 Bikeability takes place on local streets, giving a real cycling experience. At level 3 students will be taught to deal with more challenging roads and traffic situations. Schools can find out further information about Birmingham City Council's Bikeability programme or book a course.
Birmingham Exchanging Places is an initiative which raises awareness of the dangers that cyclists face when they travel in close proximity to large vehicles. Events are held across the city giving cyclists the chance to sit in the cab of a HGV to gain a better understanding of the blind spots surrounding large vehciles. Drivers are also encouraged to see things from the perspective of a cyclist. For more information about these events please contact us.
Supporting Sustainable Travel
Modeshift is an online tool which aims to secure increased levels of safe, active and sustainable travel in educational establishments, businesses and communities. It seeks to do this by representing its members’ needs and supporting sustainable travel practitioners through a range of new and existing services. If you would like to register with Modeshift please click visit www.modeshift.org.uk
Modeshift STARS – for educational establishments
From 2015 educational establishments are being encouraged to use the Modeshift STARS travel plan and accreditation scheme.
Modeshift STARS offers schools the ability to:
- Collect travel to school data;
- Create a school travel/action plan;
- Achieve real behaviour change to sustainable modes of travel; and
- Gain a level of national accreditation.
Local and national campaigns are supported throughout the year, including:
Be Safe, Be Seen - October
Road Safety Week - November
Drink & Drug Driving - December
Winter Driving - January