Published: Friday, 27th August 2021

Medway Council has issued some top road safety tips as children across Medway prepare to go back to school.

Roads across Medway are expected to get busier as children and young people return to school after the summer holidays and motorists, pedestrians and cyclists are being encouraged to be extra vigilant when travelling.

Medway Council’s Sustainable Transport team has issued the following road safety tips:

  • Be alert - avoid distractions such as wearing headphones and using mobile phones whilst walking and cycling
  • Be prepared - if walking, make sure you have walked the route with your child before the first day of school and, where possible, use wider pavements and controlled crossing points to make social distancing easier. If travelling by bus, arrive at the stop 5 minutes early to be prepared
  • Take extra care – the school run and morning commute can be very busy – allow extra time so you don’t feel rushed or stressed
  • Follow the rules of the road – remember the key rules of the road to keep residents safe. Watch your speed when driving, encourage children to stop, look, listen and think when crossing the road in a safe place and hold younger children’s hands
  • Wear bright and reflective clothing – if walking or cycling wear fluorescent or reflective clothing to ensure you’re seen by motorists, cyclists and other pedestrians
  • If cycling - make sure your bike is road worthy and wear a helmet
  • If using public transport – it is recommended that people aged 11 and over wear a face covering on public transport, we also recommend carrying hand sanitiser when travelling.

The council’s Sustainable Transport team is continuing to provide road safety advice to children of all ages. Earlier this year Medway Council teamed up with emergency services for Safety in Action which taught children aged 10-11 road, internet, water, fire and personal safety. These initiatives support Medway Council’s Child-Friendly City ambitions, putting children and young people at the heart of everything it does.

Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Frontline Services, Cllr Phil Filmer, said: “As we are expecting Medway’s roads to get busier when children head back to school in September we’re encouraging motorists, pedestrians and cyclists to take extra care. We all have a duty to behave responsibly and follow the rules of the road, at all times, not just during the school run. We work with schools all year round to promote road safety and I would encourage all residents to follow our top tips.”

Cllr Martin Potter, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Education and Schools, said: “As we reach the end of the summer holidays and children and young people look forward to returning to school I would encourage them to follow our top road safety tips. I am pleased that we are continuing to work with primary and secondary schools across Medway to provide road safety advice to children of all ages. These initiatives support our Child-Friendly Medway ambitions, putting children and young people at the heart of everything we do. I wish young people all the best for the year ahead as they return to the classroom.”

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