Maintaining Safety Improvements: The Roles in and Around Schools 303



Maintaining Safety Improvements: The Roles in and Around Schools 303

Authors

SCARLETT K, Birmingham City Council, UK

Description

Within any authority which has highway responsibilities a considerable part of the road safety work load is schools related. From my experience a variety of people from the department can become involved in traffic issues around schools. Traff?c managemen

Abstract

Within any authority which has highway responsibilities a considerable part of the road safety work load is schools related. From my experience a variety of people from the department can become involved in traffic issues around schools. Traff?c management, accident investigation, school crossings and various policy makers frequently have to deal with these problems.

This paper will outline what I believe is the role of schools in the ongoing discussion of transportation issues. I will start with a view of current problems and the traditional role of schools and their relationship with the highway authority - and then make some proposals for the future which will have benefits for the school, the local community and, of course, the highway authority.

The education world in the UK has seen considerable change in recent years. The infamous National Curriculum, Local Management of Schools, teachers contracts, schools opting out, league tables and funding changes have all contributed to the pressure being felt in schools around the country. While this revolution has been happening in the education world a similar change has occurred in the world of highways, traffic and transportation where most local authorities have faced organisational changes.

Traffic has continued to grow at a rate which is now regarded as unacceptable. So what can be done about this situation ? Funding for new roads is not available - so the growth in traffic has to be accommodated within the existing road network. No-one wants Draconian measures of traffic control to be introduced in our towns and cities.

But what are the alternatives?

The alternative is a process involving the education and encouragement of all road users coupled with publicity promoting viable alternatives to the car. This may be a slow process but it should be tess alienating for car users.

Publisher

Association for European Transport