We facilitate, deliver and commission road safety education, training and publicity initiatives through pre-schools, schools, colleges and community groups, businesses and associated organisations across the City of Westminster including the following:
School Travel Plan Programme
There is a statutory duty under the Education and Inspections Act 2006 to promote sustainable travel to and from school, and between schools and other institutions.
We continually assist education establishments to produce and maintain approved School Travel Plans and promote and encourage sustainable travel and transport for children and young people from the ages of 5-18 year olds.
Schools are encouraged to produce a travel plan which addresses:
- The promotion of safe walking and cycling
- Lower reliance on car journeys
- Child obesity
- Traffic congestion near and around the school
- Air quality levels and the health of the school community
There is further information published in the Sustainable Modes of Travel Strategy 2015 via the Westminster website.
School Crossing Patrols
Westminster City Council operates school crossing patrols to assist the safe passage of children and adult pedestrians at locations determined by the national School Crossing Patrol guidelines criteria.
Cycle skills development for children and adults
Whether you’re a first-time rider or a regular cyclist looking to improve your skills, we provide free, tailored courses to suit your individual abilities and goals.
Learn to cycle
Learn to cycle with a free session tailored to you. You’ll practice in a safe, off-road environment with a fully qualified instructor. In a session you’ll learn the basics, build skills and gain confidence to navigate your local area.
Building cycle confidence
Improve your cycling skills and confidence with a free session tailored to you. You’ll start in a safe, off-road environment to refresh your cycling technique and develop new skills before moving on to practice on quiet roads. Your qualified instructor will support you throughout to help you cycle more confidently.
Advanced urban cycling
Perfect your cycling techniques with a free one-to-one session from a fully qualified trainer. Improve your performance when dealing with complex junctions, heavy traffic or cycling at night and receive assurance that you are cycling efficiently and effectively. Sessions are tailored to your needs and fully funded by TfL.
Family cycling essentials
Gain confidence and learn skills to cycle as a family with a free family cycling session. In the session a qualified instructor will teach you how to cycle with children, using quiet routes and parks. These sessions offer the opportunity to build on, or prepare for, Bikeability skills taught in schools.
Westminster Wiser Walking
This child pedestrian training scheme is offered to Year 2 through to Year 6 at all Westminster Primary Schools and takes place throughout the academic year during term time.
The children learn, with the help of road safety officers and volunteers, road safety skills to use when appropriate to their age. The training is intended to give them the skills for independent travel in the future and is based on the Department for Transport Kerbcraft model.
The scheme has predominantly been taken up by schools that have a travel plan, but is available to all education establishments within Westminster.
Road Safety Unit
64 Victoria Street