More than 500 Essex school students receive road safety education during Global Road Safety Week

Road safety education being delivered during Global Road Safety Week

Last week, (from May 17) the SERP education team visited 104 schools across the county to deliver the important training which included Bikeability, pedestrian training and school speed watch.

Pupils experienced interactive sessions with trainers, enabling them to make decisions and to take responsibility for their own road safety.

Children wearing hi-vis back packs

Julie Cooper, Road Safety Lead for Thurrock, said: “We offer all schools throughout Thurrock pedestrian training for their Year 3 pupils.  This road safety training is their first experience of being independent from their parents and highlights the importance of them starting to make their own decisions.

Pupils experience an interactive session with road safety trainers and discuss several important actions to consider helping keep themselves safe when using pavements and crossing roads.

“There are; stopping at the kerb, discussing why pavements are not always safe, crossing safely between parked cars and dangers of using different types of crossings.”

Hilary Wicks, Lead for Cycling for SERP, said: “We felt that Global Road Safety Week was a great opportunity to highlight the importance of cycling and the training we provide for adults and children.

“Training is a very effective way to encourage more people to cycle, to boost riding skills and confidence and to teach how to tackle any road conditions.

“Cycling is environmentally friendly, it promotes health through physical activity, takes up little space and is economical. We want as many people as possible in Essex to enjoy cycling and to feel safe in doing so.”

For more information about road safety education delivered by SERP, please visit Education – SERP (

24 May 2021

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