More than 90,000 children across the UK walked the streets near their schools to raise awareness of the need for safer roads. Brake’s Kids Walk highlighted the fact that 14,696 children under 16 die or suffer an injury on UK roads every year. That is 40 children killed or injured every day from traffic related causes throughout the country, according to the road safety charity, Brake.
Brake’s Kids Walk
Children aged between four and 11 from more than 600 schools, united in the national event today. They sent a message to adults to make roads more safe. In addition, they called on other young people to learn the key road safety messages.
The charity wants to ensure more children can enjoy walking, riding or scooting to school. Brake’s Kids Walk is a key element for raising awareness.
Participants took part in short, supervised walks at or around schools and nurseries, carrying banners and posters, raising awareness of five things the charity claims children need to help keep them safe near roads. They are footpaths, cycle paths, safe places to cross, slow traffic and clean traffic.
Scott Williams is the head of programme delivery at the charity. He said: “It’s every child’s right to be able to walk in their community without fear of traffic and pollution. We’re delighted that so many children, schools and families are taking part in Brake’s Kids Walk 2022 and shouting out for the things they need to make safe journeys.”
Brake’s Kids Manifesto
Brake provided schools with a kids‘ manifesto for safe and healthy journeys earlier this year. The charity hopes it will help children understand that their voice is important and will empower them to ask grown-ups to keep them safe. This includes creating safe spaces for them to walk and ride. The manifesto also calls for road safety to be included on the curriculum for all schoolchildren. There is currently no statutory guidance for teaching of road safety in schools.