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Portsmouth City Council works with school communities to :

  • encourage walking and cycling to and from schools to reduce the number of car trips
  • improve the safety of the school journey to reduce the number of pedestrian and cyclist injuries
  • educate children and work with the community to introduce measures to reduce vehicle speeds around schools.

Below are some of the initiatives we offer.

For more information email roadsafety@portsmouthcc.gov.uk or write to us at Transport and Environment, Portsmouth City Council Civic Offices, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, PO1 2NE.

The Junior Road Safety Officer (JRSO) scheme is a free resource available to all schools in Portsmouth.

Each school selects eight JRSOs (two pupils per year from years 3-6). These Junior Road Safety Officers receive support from council Road Safety Officers to help provide road safety information to other pupils in their school.

JRSOs will:

  • Receive visits from Road Safety Officers
  • Receive a JRSO pack and badge
  • Enter competitions to win prizes for their school
  • Receive visits from Civil Enforcement Officers (CEOs) to conduct a patrol outside their school and ticket any cars parking illegally
  • Receive visits from the Police and Fire Service to get information that they can pass onto other pupils about staying safe
  • Create notice boards, assemblies, events, posters to tell other pupils how to stay safe on the roads - be as creative as possible!
  • The best Portsmouth JRSOs get invited to a fantastic, fun event - JRSO Champion of Champions - to compete against other local authorities to win trophies, goodie bags and prizes

How do schools join?

If your school has not yet registered for the scheme, email us at the address above to get started!

Resources for JRSOs

We will create school travel plans, which encourage and enable children to walk or cycle to and from school, and help schools develop travel plan objectives, such as:

Walking - set up a walking bus, child pedestrian training, walk to school month activities, alternative entry points and routes, mapping and marking of safer routes

Cycling - secure visible storage for bikes and helmets, cycle training and maintenance lessons, alternative entry/access points

Bus & train - concessionary fares, provide improved information, private minibuses, consultation with bus company

Engineering measures could include:

  • reducing the speed limit near the school
  • improving pedestrian crossing points, especially at preferred routes to school
  • building speed-reducing features such as road humps, junction tables, speed cushions, chicanes and pedestrian refuges to reinforce reduced speed limits 
  • cycle lanes
  • improved street lighting on busy road and quiet paths

We offer a variety of road safety activities aimed at different school age groups (see table below):

Key 
stage
     Road safety activities
 1
  • loan of 'street feet' and lesson plan - indoor play session to learn the  Green Cross Code
  • child pedestrian training for all year 1 pupils (on-site crossing skills session in small groups)
  • walk to school month kits
 2
  • year 5/6 sessions to discuss the transition to secondary school and independent journeys
  • bikeability  Level 1 and 2 cycle training
  • Junior road safety officer scheme (see below)
  • walk to school month kits
3
  • bikeability  cycle training level 3  (and level 2 catch up sessions)
  • cycle challenge annual event for year 7 students.
 4
  • new sessions in development for 2013 on moped and passenger safety Junior road safety officer schools programme

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