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

Objectives:

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.

Methodology:

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

Comments:

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.

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