Road safety contacts
Michelle Gayle | Road Safety Officer| firstname.lastname@example.org | 020 8726 6000 ext. 62512 | For queries on Road Safety education, Young drivers, Bikeability, Cycle training, P2W and Junior Roadwatch
Lewis Campbell | School Road Safety and Travel Plan Officer | email@example.com | 0208 726 6000 Ext 62013 | For queries on STARS accreditation, Active Travel, Junior Travel Ambassadors, Youth Travel Ambassadors and competitions
Schools, 6th Forms & Colleges:
Our team is responsible for managing the STARS accreditation scheme within Croydon. STARS is Transport for London’s accreditation scheme for school travel plans. We promote active travel and road safety to all youth-based educational settings (between the ages of 5-19), offering activities, competitions and grants that help schools meet the criteria for STARS accreditation.
For more information on what we can offer, please see: https://www.croydon.gov.uk/transportandstreets/school-travel-plans
Road Safety Education
We offer a range of educational and training packages to all schools within the borough to promote Road Safety and Active Travel, all of which will count towards STARS accreditation. Packages include:
- School Bikeability Courses – visit http://www.cyclinginstructor.com/Croydon for more info
- Various Theatre in Education Road Safety shows from nursery age through to 6th Form
- Play in a day
- Safe Drive Stay Alive
- Impact Days (multi-agency)
- Young Citizen events
- Workshops tailored to encourage behaviour and attitude change
- WOW – The year-round walk to school challenge
- Walk To School Week (May)
Our team also organise competitions throughout the academic year. Each competition run can be added to STARS to count towards accreditation. The competitions currently planned for the 2018-19 academic year are:
- International Walk To School Month – School Staff Step Challenge
- Brighten Your Bag – Road Safety competition for Primary Schools (Sept - Nov)
- Bling Your Bike / Sparkle Your Scooter – Borough-wide event for Primary Schools (June-July) - Whole school activity to decorate bikes and scooters to end with a playground parade
Junior Travel Ambassadors (JTAs) – Primary Schools
Schools are offered the opportunity to take part in the Junior Travel Ambassadors (JTA) scheme. JTAs use peer-to-peer engagement to promote safer, active and independent travel within the school community in a fun and engaging way. The JTA scheme gives pupils all the support and resources they need to spread important messages while building skills for life.
See https://www.croydon.gov.uk/transportandstreets/roadsafety/jta for more information.
Youth Travel Ambassadors (YTAs) – Secondary Schools
Schools usually recruit between 6 and 12 YTA students who deliver behaviour change campaigns to their peers over the course of the academic year. Campaign initiatives can include themed assemblies, walking and cycling competitions, creative workshops, films and community events.
There are programme options to suit all schools and students which include:
- Sessions delivered by specialist TfL staff
- £250 funding to deliver a YTA campaign
- Options to attend Campaign Junction and end of year Expo events
- Training for students to become YTA Student Leaders to mentor their peers
Can’t commit to a full YTA programme? You can opt to run a term challenge instead!
More information can be found by visiting https://stars.tfl.gov.uk/explore/idea/details/31
Young Drivers & Passengers
Safe Drive Stay Alive Programme is aimed at potential and new drivers and their passengers in 6th forms and colleges within the borough. It is a highly emotive programme with the aim of encouraging students to consider their current behaviour with a view to making positive changes to make them and their passengers safer.
Child Safety Seats
We support the Good Egg safety guide for child safety seats. You can find out more information by following the link http://croydon.goodeggsafety.com/2016/10/26/child-car-seat-safety/
Cycle Skills Training
Anyone who lives works or studies in Croydon can book free Cycle Skills and Bikeability training. Sessions are available for all ages and all abilities.
We have teamed up with Transport for London and BikeSafe-London, http://www.bikesafe-london.co.uk/ to offer Rider Skills Days (free of charge) for motorcyclists, moped and scooter riders to help them ride safer and with more confidence. We are also members of 2 Wheels London http://www.2wheelslondon.com/
More mature Road Users
Multi-agency events are organised for the more mature road users to offer all round safety advice in the home, and on the streets. Agencies include Police, Fire, Ambulance, Trading Standards and Community Support.
We promote Community Roadwatch to help support police activity working within local communities to make people aware of the dangers of travelling too fast on roads within the borough
For more detailed information about what work is carried out in the borough, follow the link to the Croydon Council Road Safety website.