Road Safety

Road Safety Education in Argyll and Bute

The Road Safety Unit provides education, training and publicity for residents across Argyll and Bute.  For further information, please contact the Road Safety Unit on 01546 604182 or e-mail road.safety@argyll-bute.gov.uk.

Early Years

Go Safe with ZiggyLearning to be safe on the roads is a life-long process.  We work in partnership with early years establishments to begin introducing very young children to the language of road safety.  All groups have access to ‘Go Safe! – Ziggy’s Road Safety Mission’ – the pioneering road safety approach aimed at children from birth to six and their parents and carers. For more information please visit www.gosafewithziggy.com

Primary Education

A huge amount of work is delivered through our primary schools.  A full programme of activities and resources are available for schools to help children develop their road safety awareness.  Practical training in the form of pedestrian training and cyclist training takes place giving children the chance to encounter real road situations in a controlled environment.  If these skills are practised over a lifetime then this should enable them to become safe independent road users.  All schools have access to the comprehensive road safety resource Streetsense 2 and www.streetsense2.com .  These are linked to the Curriculum for Excellence and are designed to provide a full programme of road safety for Early, First and Second level stages.

iCycle training takes place through our schools in either Primary 6 or 7, where children are taught basic manoeuvres and learn the rules of the road. If you are interested in becoming an iCycle trainer, please contact your local primary school in the first instance.

Road Safety Calendar Competition

2018 Road Safety calendar winner

2018 Calendar

Talented youngster Carmen McKell has been chosen as the winner of this year’s Argyll and Bute Council road safety calendar competition.

Carmen’s brightly coloured poster bearing the message “If you see a car coming ….. don’t start running” is a worthy winner and will be a year round reminder for everyone on this year’s calendar.

Every year, the Road Safety Unit asks local school children to design posters, with the overall winner receiving a £50 voucher and the Road Safety Classroom Calendar Trophy for their school. 

Carmen, a Primary 7 pupil from Rosneath Primary School was thrilled to be this year’s winner.

Her picture features at the top of the calendar, which is being sent to every school classroom in Argyll and Bute.

Download the 2018 Road Safety calendar here

Secondary Education

It has been recognised that one of the most dangerous stages in a child’s development is the transition from Primary to Secondary school.  To make children more aware at this time we use Theatre in Education to get this message over in an innovative way.  All schools use ‘Your Call’ (S1-S3) and ‘Crash Magnets’ (S4-6) – resources which engage young people in the issues related to cycling, distraction in the road environment and being a newly qualified driver with friends as passengers.

The Road Safety Unit, in partnership with Scottish Fire and Rescue, are also available to deliver presentations to 6th year pupils.

In Car Safety

For information on in-car safety, please go to http://www.goodeggcarsafety.com/

Motorcyclists

Scottish Biker

Argyll and Bute is undoubtedly a great place to ride your motorcycle – from our sweeping, remote roads to our Glen and Coastal routes.  We want bikers to travel here, having adventures and making memories, but we ask that you drive responsibly and return home safely.

The fifth edition of Scottish Biker, a magazine aimed at motorcyclists, both local and visitors, addresses topics such as filtering and observation, gives route reviews as well as information on how to improve riding skills and increase awareness of road hazards.

The magazine has been written for bikers by bikers – you can read your copy here or if you would prefer a hard copy please e-mailroad.safety@argyll-bute.gov.uk

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