Schools get ready to bridge the road safety generation gap
When was the first highway code published?
When did the first parking meters appear?
If you want to know, ask the 1000s of primary school children across the West of Scotland who are being invited to travel in time with a new road safety resource, Time Travellers.
Although reported road causalities across Scotland are at their lowest ever number, there were still twenty seven people over the age of 60 who lost their lives as pedestrians in 2014 on our roads (RRCS 2014). This was almost half of all pedestrian deaths that year and higher than any other age band, including children of primary school age.
In an effort to bridge this generation gap, to the mutual benefit of safety, Road Safety West of Scotland (RSWoS) are bringing the age groups together and have produced a ground breaking intergeneration road safety education resource that goes by the name of Time Travellers.
Time Travellers is a fun and engaging way of learning important road safety messages. Pupils in schools across the west will be asked to find someone over 60 to be their travelling partner and then together explore road safety down through the years, using colourful informative materials specially developed by RSWoS.
We all use the roads, whether walking, cycling or driving and this road safety initiative, will help young and old alike to be safer on our roads.
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Launch of Scottish Biker
All roads led to Inveraray on March 20th as bikers from all over Scotland, plus Northern Ireland, Newcastle and Cumbria, gathered for the launch of the latest Scottish Biker magazine. The sun shone as bikers mingled and enjoyed the event which brought together all those involved in trying to keep biking safe. There were displays and information stands staffed by representatives from Road Safety West of Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue, MOTOScotland, Marty's Charity and the IAM. The West Safety Camera Unit also welcomed visitors to two of their camera vans and Police Scotland motorcyclists also attended.
Inveraray Inn kindly put on free tea, coffee and bacon rolls for the over 400 that attended. There were many single riders but also a convoy of 58 from a 125cc Scotland Rides club. The lady bikers club, Curvy Riders, also used it as an opportunity for their first ride out of the season.
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An enjoyable and safe time was had by all:
- Ross Mason, who travelled through from Longniddry on his Honda CB1300S - "Inveraray is a great venue, fantastic scenery - especially on a day like this. Cheers for the cuppa too!"
- Drew Anderson, Manager, Inveraray Inn - "Happy to support such an event as Inveraray is a popular stop for Bikers."
- Jen Stark at the West Safety Camera Unit - "We were busy the entire day with people keen to climb on-board to learn how our vans operate and see our cameras for themselves. We received excellent feedback and it was definitely great to be able to share our message with the biking community".
- Stevie Whitelaw from Kilmarnock - "My first thought was the hospitality that was put on and the friendly approach you all have, was a great meet with new and old friends, well organised and hope there are more to come. Thanks for a great day out for our first ride out of the season."
- Ian Stavert, Editor of Scottish Biker 2016 - 'It was fantastic to see so many people who had made the trip to Inveraray - some who had travelled over 170 miles - sharing a passion and enthusiasm for motorcycling. Motorcyclists are always willing to listen and gather information. Hopefully events like this will keep motorcyclists safer on the roads'.
- Attending from RSWoS were - Colin Kay, North Ayrshire; June Graham and Kay McGhee from Argyll and Bute; Jen Stark, West Safety Camera Unit; Sandy Allan RoSPA; Stevie McCafferty, East Dunbartonshire; Jim Melville, East Ayrshire; Police Scotland; Scottish Fire and Rescue