As part of Road Safety Week, Knowsley’s Active Travel and Road Safety Team worked with schools across the borough to deliver engaging and important learning activities.
‘Getting Nowhere’, an interactive and educational play, delivered by Box Clever Theatre Company, toured Knowsley’s secondary schools.
The high energy, fun and interactive performance aimed to raise awareness of how easy it is for young people to become distracted near roads.
Whilst most of the performance was light-hearted, pupils also learnt about the potential for serious injury, or worse, when they forget to look properly when crossing roads.
In particular, the issue of crossing in front of stationary buses was highlighted, pupils were reminded that drivers overtaking a bus at a bus stop may not see them crossing in front of it until it was too late to stop.
The performance also addressed the dangers presented by congestion outside schools and how it is often safer and quicker, for pupils to walk or cycle to school.
Feedback from Halewood Academy about the play was extremely positive:
“The atmosphere of the assembly was fantastic and highlighted the impact that the assembly has upon the students.” Mr Riley
“This was a performance that I would recommend for Year 7 each year.” Mr Knight
A year 7 student commented:
“It has really helped me understand why phones can be dangerous when walking by roads, I have to be aware that others might not be aware of me.”
Children in Knowsley’s primary schools got creative with the ‘Be Bright, Be Seen’ campaign as they learnt about how difficult it is for drivers to see them when they are dressed in dark clothes and how they can make themselves more visible when they are out and about.
Children were encouraged to take part in a competition to create bright clothes and accessories. These colourful pictures were created by children at Malvern Primary School:
Cllr Tony Brennan, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development commented: “We take road safety very seriously here in Knowsley and we deliver a comprehensive programme for school children of all ages. It’s vital that we engage with children to ensure that they are aware of potential dangers when they are near roads.
“The interactive play delivered some very important road safety messages to secondary school pupils across the borough, and I’m delighted that the schools have found it so beneficial. The Be Bright Be Seen campaign is always well received by our primary schools and it’s wonderful to see the response and how creative the children are.”
Road Safety Week coincided with the launch of the Liverpool Road Safety Strategy: Annual Report. The report maintains partners accountability to work within the guidance set out by the strategy. It highlights the partnerships work towards Vision Zero, demonstrating how partners have worked to improve road safety since the launch of the strategy in October 2022.
You can access the report on the Merseyside Road Safety Partnership website here.