Road Safety Week in Essex – what’s happening?

A variety of activities and interventions are taking place place across Essex, Southend-on-Sea and Thurrock this week, as part of UK Road Safety Week.

Organised by Brake, Road Safety Week aims to inspire schools, organisations and communities to take action and promote road safety messages during the week itself and beyond.

The annual event also provides a focal point for professionals working in road safety to boost awareness of, and engagement with their work.

The 2019 week, which takes place between 18-24 November, encourages road users to ‘Step up for Safe Streets’ and play a part in the creation of a safe and healthy future.


Friday 22 November – SAT in Wickford

As Road Safety Week starts to draw to a close, events and activities continue to take place across the county.

A second Surround a Town event of the week is taking place in Wickford.

Surround a Town sees the Safer Essex Roads Partnership (SERP) focus resources in a concentrated and geographically targeted area, often where there are high rates of collisions and casualties.

The initiative uses a combination of enforcement and engagement to highlight the importance of safe and legal driving.

Elsewhere, a School Speedwatch event is taking place at Merrylands School in Basildon.

Educational activities are being carried out at a number of schools, including at Belmont Castle School (Grays), Hutton All Saints School (Brentwood) and Janet Duke Primary (Basildon) – where the focus is on Year 5 pupils.

Thursday 21 November – Community Speedwatch in Southend

To mark the fourth day of Road Safety Week, a Community Speedwatch session is taking place in Southend.

Community Speedwatch is a traffic monitoring scheme, coordinated by the Essex County Fire and Rescue Service and supported by the Safer Essex Roads Partnership, but managed and run by volunteers in the community.

More than 95 Community Speedwatch groups are currently operating across the Essex Police area, providing regular monitoring of vehicle speeds within their own locations.

Meanwhile, a second SERP day of the week is taking place in Halstead.

Elsewhere, educational activities are continuing at schools across the county.

Level 2 Bikeability is taking place at Corringham Primary (Grays), Richard Devere Primary (Halstead), Billericay School (Billericay).

Bikeability Level 2 training takes place on local streets, giving trainees a real cycling experience. Trainees learn how to deal with traffic on short journeys such as cycling to school or the local shops.

Year 5 pupils at Janet Duke Primary are participating in road safety activities – while the Roadster initiative is visiting the Harris Academy in Thurrock.


Wednesday 20 November – another busy day of activities in Essex

Educational activities continue to take place in schools across the county, with Level 2 Bikeability training at Tollesbury Primary (Maldon), Stifford Clays Primary (Grays), St Mary’s Primary (Kelvedon), Corringham Primary (Grays) and Holland Park Primary (Tendering).

Year 5 pupils at Belmont Castle School (Grays), Roseacres Primary (Uttlesford), Willow Brook School (Brentwood) and Gosbecks School (Colchester) are taking part in road safety activities – as are Year 3 pupils at Belmont Castle School.

Meanwhile, a SERP day is taking place in Billericay – where SERP officers have met with the local Community Speedwatch team to listen to their concerns.

A static display remains in place at the Forum in Southend.


Tuesday 19 November – Surround a Town day underpins day’s activities

Day two of UK Road Safety Week is being marked with a Surround a Town day in Chelmsford.

Surround a Town sees the Safer Essex Roads Partnership (SERP) focus resources in a concentrated and geographically targeted area, often where there are high rates of collisions and casualties.

The initiative uses a combination of enforcement and engagement to highlight the importance of safe and legal driving.

As part of the Surround a Town, a Community Speedwatch session is taking place at the Bishop’s School.

Meanwhile, educational activities continue at schools across the county – with Bikeability Level 2 training being delivered at Corringham Primary (Grays), Church Langley School (Harlow), Hamilton School (Colchester) and Prettygate Junior (Colchester).

Year 3 and Year 5 pupils from Belmont Castle School in Grays will take part in road safety activities – as will Year 5 pupils from Long Ridings School in Brentwood.

Year 1 pupils from Denholm Primary and Corringham Primary (both Grays) will take part in scooter training.


Monday 18 November – what’s happening on day one?

On Monday, Level 2 Bikeability training is taking place at three schools in Grays (Corringham Primary), Braintree (Silver End School) and Billericay (Buttsbury).

Bikeability Level 2 training takes place on local streets, giving trainees a real cycling experience. Trainees learn how to deal with traffic on short journeys such as cycling to school or the local shops.

Year 1 pupils at Corringham Primary are also being delivered scooter training – as are pupils at Deneholm School in Grays.

Also in Grays, Belmont Castle School is hosting walks for parents and children – while Year 3 pupils are taking part in road safety activities.

The Reality Road Show arrives at Helena Romana School (Uttlesford) – while a static display is being held at The Forum in Southend.


18 November 2019

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