Helping children in Knowsley to travel to school in a way that is safe, healthy and sustainable is the focus of a new plan agreed by councillors today (September 5, 2018).
The new Road Safety Around Schools strategy has been developed in-line with the principles of Knowsley Better Together – bringing people and organisations together for the benefit of Knowsley and its residents – and sets out a number of measures to improve road safety. The strategy involves key stakeholders including the council’s dedicated Road Safety Team, schools, Merseyside Police and parents and carers all working together to make children’s journeys safer.
The strategy proposes a holistic approach to road safety with everyone playing their part to achieve more and is built around four key priorities; Education, Encouragement, Enforcement and Engineering.
Councillor Margaret Harvey, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services said; “Ensuring our children and young people can get to and from school safely is a key priority for the council and its partners. One of the main reasons why children use the road network is to travel to and from school, which should be an enjoyable experience where families and friends can socialise, have fun and get some exercise, and this strategy will help to make this a reality.”
“Children and young people are particularly vulnerable road users; however we know that everyone can play their part, to reduce risks on and around our roads and ensure their safety.”
Proposals within the strategy include an innovative ‘Park and Stride’ scheme which would see local businesses within walking distance of the schools provide off road parking to reduce traffic congestion on the roads surrounding the school.
There is also a proposed award scheme for schools to encourage them to make the most of the excellent educational programme on offer via the council’s Road Safety Team. The more activities schools participate in and the more resources they distribute to parents and pupils will contribute to them achieving a bronze, silver or gold standard for their road safety efforts.