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 to find out the busiest routes to school and how safe people think they are. Governors, Headteachers, staff, parents and pupils are all involved


Designing 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


Schools will undertake practical training like road safety awareness sessions or cycle training. We will provide instructors, resources and advice for these.


Resources and advice can be given to teachers to pass onto children and parents. This makes sure that people have the knowledge and experience to use safety features

Contact us

Contact the Road Safety Team