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Aim: To encourage young people to think about the risks of being on the road and their responsibility. Introduction: A significantly large number of road accidents today involve young people. With most young people learning to drive from the age of 17, it is important that they understand the responsibilities and associated risks that come with driving a car, riding a bike, being a passenger, and even being a pedestrian at an early age. Taken from the BB Company Section Discoverer Pro Pack, Community, Local and National A1. Lasts 6 weeks 20 mins per week


• Young people asked to bring in their bicycles
• ‘10 Second cycle Check’ template — better if they are laminated
3 pieces of paper
‘Orders’ template
‘Warnings template
‘Positive’ template
• Top Ten’ template
• Map of local area — either a large scale map from the internet or paper to draw a sketch map.
‘Advertising — Who is it aimed at?’ template
‘Car Driving Casualties 2000’ template
• ‘Seatbelt Discussion Cards’ template
• Paper and coloured pens
• Checklist for Designing an Advert template.


Activity 1 - 10 Second Cycle Check

Aim: To make young people aware of safety issues before riding a bike on the roads.

• Work through the 10 second cycle check on one bicycle, demonstrating each point. Talk about problems and demonstrate simple repairs eg puncture, brake block replacement, etc Use the instr and template in this weeks programme
• Ask the young people to work in pairs, checking their own bicycles.
• Issue laminated cards for them to take away and keep.
• Emphasise proper maintenance is essential to keep safe.


Activity 2 - Traffic Signs

Aim: To make young people aware of traffic signs which they might encounter on their bicycle.

Lay out the 3 sheets of words from the templates.
• Shuffle the 24 sign cards from the template and issue one to each young person in turn who should place it on top of the correct word on the sheet. Ask others if they agree.
• Once all the signs have been correctly identified, use the 24 sign cards and the 24 word cards, shuffle them and deal them all out. Then play a game of snap. Players in turn place a card face up on a pile. If a card is placed on top of a corresponding word/sign then the first one to shout snap and place their hand on top of the pile wins all the cards on the pile. The game is won when one player has all the cards. This game should help to reinforce the identification of the signs.


Activity 3 - Traffic Calming Measures

Aim: To make young people aware of different methods of slowing down traffic In towns.

• Discuss on the different types of traffic calming measures the young people know — write up their ideas on a flip chart/whiteboard.
• issue the ‘Top Ten’ template and ask them to vote for what they think is the best method: 10 for best down to 1 for least effective,
• Add up the scores for each method and display the methods in ranked order.
• Either issue a large scale map (from‘iww.streetmap.co.uk) or get the group to sketch a map of their local area around a school/park/shops, etc.
• Ask them to draw on the map what they think would be suitable traffic calming measures.

Activity 4 - Road Safety And Gender

Aim: To become aware that young male drivers are involved Inroad accidents more often than other driver groups.

• Ask the group to consider the different types of advertising that they see every day (e.g. lv advertisements, posters, magazines etc.).
• Ask the group to think of some adverts that would appeal to themselves but not to their parents e.g. computer games. Them ask them to think of an advert that would appeal to their parents but not themselves.
• Working in pairs or small groups, ask people to complete the Advertising: Who is it aimed at?’ template.
• Discuss the completed activity sheets with the class. Ask one or two groups to share their perceptions with the class. Do the other groups agree?
• Focus on car advertising. Does the group think that advertisers stereotype male and female drivers? Older and younger drivers? Do they think such stereotypes affect attitudes to driving?
• Look at the information sheet ‘Car driving casualties 2000’. Discuss the information provided about the numbers of car drivers killed and injured. Emphasise the relatively high accident rates for young men. Does the group think there could be any link with advertising and stereotypes?

Activity 5 - Risk Taking

Aim: To consider risk taking.

• Discuss risk taking with the group, giving one or two examples of commonly taken risks e.g. riding a bike without a helmet.
• Ask the group to form pairs. in these pairs, discuss the risks they commonly take. For each risk identify possible consequences of their actions for themselves or for others.
• Bring the group together again and share some of their ideas. Emphasise potential consequences for themselves and others.
• Identify’ some reasons for taking risks, e.g. showing off, to save time, lack of knowledge
• Ask people to give examples of some risks that they think are never worth taking. Again, emphasise potential consequences.
• Focus on the wearing of a seatbelt. Discuss whether the young people wear seat belts themselves. What about other people in their families? Do people act differently in the front seats/backseats?
• Distribute the ‘Seatbelts Discussion Cards, Working in small groups (or as one large group), ask people to take turns to ask a question. Discuss the issue in the group before looking at the answer card.
• Ask everyone whether they have found out any new information from the discussion cards. Do they think not wearing seatbelts is a risk that they would take ?

Activity 6 - Road Safety Advert

Aim: To design a road safety advert for a specific age group.

• Ask the group whether they have noticed any adverts aimed at 7-11 year olds. Draw out a few characteristics of these adverts.
• Ask for initial suggestions for making an advert about seatbelts appropriate to the younger age group. Allow people to generate ideas in smal lgroups, then discuss them as a group.
• One possible suggestion might be to include a simple message about seat belts along with other general information about riding safely in cars. Such information would be:
1. The law says that seatbelts must be worn at all times.
2. Never lean or wave out of the window, or throw or hang anything out.
3. Do not distract the driver.
4 .Do not block the driver’s view in the mirror.
5 .Only open doors or windows if it’s safe.
6. Keep your hands away from door handles when the car is moving.
7. Use the door on the pavement side to get in and out of the car.

• Allocate people to work either in pairs or small groups.
• Ask pairs/groups to go ahead and design their adverts using the Check list for Designing an Advert’ template.
• Allow the pairs/groups to show their designs to other groups.

• Within their pairs/groups, ask them to discuss how well they think their designs would work.

For full details see the BB Company Section Discoverer Pack Community A1


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