Evaluation of the national child pedestrian training pilot projects

  • Published: Department for Transport, 2008
  • Authors: K. Whelan, E. Towner, G. Errington and J. Powell
  • Date Added: 28 Jan 2013
  • Last Update: 12 Feb 2016
  • Format: pdf


To establish the impact of the National child pedestrian training pilot projects (‘Kerbcraft’) on children’s road safety. To identify the most successful schemes and elements of schemes.


Before and after safety assessments of trained children and control groups; consultation with stakeholders who administer the programme. The intervention itself is based on education – classroom training and some site visits.

Key Findings:

The programme developed a package of skills, of which the first – recognising safe vs. dangerous places to cross – is the most relevant to this synthesis.The study showed a statistically significant increase in ability to construct safe routes amongst the trained children.Securing on-going funding for the initiatives has presented a challenge; as a result implementation has tended to be scaled back post-pilot.

Themes: child pedestrian, education, safe places to cross


The study appears to be in depth and claims of improved behaviour are statistically significant. This work does not attempt to link the pilot schemes to local casualty trends.