Global Road Safety Week (GRSW) is running from the 4-10 May 2015 and Transport for Buckinghamshire is promoting this event on behalf of Road Safety GB (lead organisation), which seeks to highlight the plight of children on the world’s roads and generate action to better ensure their safety.
The week features hundreds of events hosted by governments, international agencies, civil society organisations, and private companies.
Mike Freestone Director of Transport Services said “Every day more than 500 children across the globe lose their lives in traffic collisions and thousands are injured. Global Road Safety Week will highlight these appalling statistics and raise awareness of the need for action on this crucial road safety issue. Locally, Transport for Buckinghamshire intend to use Global Road Safety Week to promote the free resources available to schools to help deliver road safety education and ultimately reduce child casualties.”
The campaign includes:
• A series of child road safety resources - including activity sheets, maps and country profilers – which are available free to download.
• A series of simple ‘how to’ guides to help educators and others teach basic road safety to children. The guides cover children as pedestrians, cyclists, travelling in cars and on public transport, and setting up a Junior Road Safety Officer scheme.
• 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.
There is also an opportunity for parents, teachers and other interested parties to submit questions for a series of free online forums covering child road safety issues, which will be held on the Road Safety GB website during Global Road Safety Week.
The online forums – covering children as pedestrians, as cyclists, travelling in cars, and how to set up and run a Junior Road Safety Officer scheme - will be held daily on Tuesday 7 – Friday 10 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.
The forums are part of a comprehensive suite of initiatives here in the UK in support of GRSW 2015.