The Council provided road safety training across the County Borough during Road Safety Week 2019 – including 14 sessions in local schools and a ‘drive safer for longer’ course with residents aged 60 and over.
National Road Safety Week – which is coordinated each November by national charity Brake – is the UK’s biggest annual road safety event. The theme for 2019 was ‘Step Up for Safe Streets’, which was focused on safe and healthy journeys to ensure residents are able to remain fit and happy.
The Council’s dedicated Road Safety Team organised an itinerary of events within our local communities, which ran from November 18-22.
‘Kerbcraft’ sessions were held in 12 schools – Aberdare Town Church in Wales Primary, Caegarw Primary, Cilfynydd Primary, Cwmdâr Primary, Llwyncrwn Primary, Llwynypia Primary, Tonysguboriau Primary, Trerobart Primary, YGG Bodringallt, YGG Dolau, YGG Llwyncelyn and YGG Tonyrefail.
The ‘Kerbcraft’ initiative, funded by Welsh Government, teaches pupils in Year 2 about essential skills to stay safe as pedestrians. Part of the training took place out and about in local communities, where Officers helped to put the children’s learning and training on the Green Cross Code into practice.
Meanwhile, Officers undertook cycle training at Pontygwaith Primary, while national standards cycle training was held at Aberdare Park Primary.
To round off the week, the Council delivered its latest Pass Plus Cymru course at Pontypridd Fire Station, while a ‘drive safer for longer’ course at Church Village Parish Hall helped to refresh the driving skills of the over-60s.
Councillor Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and Cabinet Member with responsibility for Highways, said: “The Council has again supported the annual Road Safety Week with several events in local schools and communities. It is pleasing that our Road Safety Officers were able to meet with so many residents of different ages throughout the week, who have now benefitted from the road safety training offered.
“The theme of the week was to encourage everyone to play a part in creating a future where everyone can get around in safe and healthy ways. The Council fully-supports this strategy through maximising the Active Travel opportunities within all of its major Highways schemes – while providing more provision for cyclists and pedestrians in its local community improvements.”