Council funds road safety programme for MK pupils

Monday 26 October 2015

Milton Keynes Council is investing £20,000 into the Safety Centre to deliver a programme educating primary school children in Milton Keynes about where and how to cross the road safely.

The Council’s Road Safety Team has initiated this project in response to the rise in pedestrian casualties on the city’s roads.

The education programme will teach children about the dangers of crossing the grid roads instead of using the Redways, footbridges and underpasses and will begin at the end of this year and will continue into 2016.

The £20,000 funding for the project is from parking revenue.

Cllr Matt Clifton, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Road Safety said, “I cannot emphasise enough how important it is to teach children road safety and in particular how and where to use the safe crossing points”

“In Milton Keynes we have a number of high speed grid roads so using the footbridges, Redways and underpasses are the safest and best routes for pedestrians and cyclists to use.”

“By teaching children early on about road safety they will be able to learn good behaviour which they can take with them as they get older and will increasingly be out and about alone or with friends.”

Jan Alder, Director at the Safety Centre said, “The Safety Centre is delighted to participate in this campaign. “Find a Safe Place to Cross” has always been one of our priority messages. This funding will not only allow us to enhance this message, but also to offer assistance to Milton Keynes Primary School children (Years 5 and 6 only) to visit Hazard Alley and receive this vital intervention. Schools should go to www.safetycentre.co.uk for full details.”