The Safer Routes to School initiative was introduced in 1996, bringing a whole new approach to road safety and school travel.

Designed to address concerns over rising traffic levels and school gate parking issues, the scheme includes:

  • broad community consultation
  • education initiatives in the classroom
  • training for pedestrians and cyclists
  • installation of safety features around participating schools

How 'Safer Routes' works

There are a number of stages to the 'Safer Routes' process, which are outlined below: 


Consultation with governors, head teachers, staff, parents and pupils are carried out, to find out the most commonly used routes to school and how safe people think they are.


It's then possible to design safety features which might make those journeys safer for people on foot.

Some of these safety features have included:

  • zebra crossings
  • pelican crossings
  • pedestrian refuges
  • speed humps
  • road markings


In addition to the safety installations, schools will undertake education initiatives like pedestrian or cycle training, which we will provide instructors, resources and advice for.


In addition to training, resources and advice can be given to teachers other classroom based activities which are linked to the National Curriculum.

It is important that the safety features be backed up with education initiatives so that people have the knowledge and experience to use them with confidence.

Contact us

If you would like any further information about the Safer Routes to School initiative in Wolverhampton:

Road Safety
Regeneration and Environment
Wolverhampton City Council
Heantun House
Salop Street