To promote road safety awareness, schools may host a week-long event organized by community partners, parent teacher councils, school staff and/or students.
The best time to organize a road safety week is at the beginning of the school year, or at the start of spring season when it is relatively warm and students are more frequently outdoors and near roads.
Ensuring students are safe in and around their school community is not the sole responsibility of one teacher, one principal, or one parent/caregiver. The entire community is responsible for ensuring students are safe, knowledgeable and cautious pedestrians, passengers, cyclists and motorists.
Here are some examples how to mobilize community members around a Road Safety Week. For a a more comprehensive list of organizations and programs that may help connect your road safety event with the local community go to Road Safety Organizations and Programs. Remember to provide flexibility for differing levels of involvement.
This package provides a variety of materials, activities and suggestions to create a one-week road safety event (or one day) – simply select from the resources. When you begin your planning process, use the list below as a checklist to identify which tools you intend to use.
Invite organizations to set up a carousel of information displays on road safety issues, risky behaviours and preventative measures, to better inform students of all the safety resources that are available to them. Go to Sample Letter to Invite Organizations for an example of how to start that conversation.
Consider inviting individuals from the list in the Guest Speakers and Programs section who might be able to partake in your event.