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Bikes, Big Trucks & You

Bikes, Big Trucks & You is a partnership between Royal Mail and Berkshire local authorities addressing the significant increase in risk to child cyclists as they transition into secondary education, especially around HGVs.  Local data reveals the significant upturn in collision risk among children aged 11 to 15 particularly associated with independent travel for school.

On 18 October 2017 a pilot project was run at Hawkedon Primary School, delivering the intervention to 90 Year 6 pupils involving both classroom and practical sessions out on the playground with an HGV.  The team was staffed from WBC road safety and community wardens, Sustrans, Safer Roads Berkshire along with Royal Mail and improved knowledge of the risks posed by cycling near to large goods vehicles and the decision making among children where to position themselves on the road; increasing the pupils’ knowledge on how large vehicles move and why this can cause risk to bicycles, awareness of route planning to prioritise safer locations/controlled crossings as well as improving attitudes towards helmets and high visibility clothing.

Following the success of the day, we plan to roll out the project to more primary schools next year.  Many thanks to Hawkedon for being enthusiastic guinea pigs!

Amy Woods from Hawkedon said: “I just wanted to email and say thank you for the Big Truck Day. The children (and staff!) thoroughly enjoyed it and we felt it was incredibly beneficial to run especially before our children begin their Bikeability course. Please pass our thanks onto all your staff – they were great with the children and very knowledgeable!”