Road Safety

Road Safety Education in Argyll and Bute

The Road Safety Unit provides education, training and publicity for residents across Argyll and Bute.  For further information, please contact the Road Safety Unit on 01546 604182 or e-mail road.safety@argyll-bute.gov.uk.

Early Years

Go Safe with ZiggyLearning to be safe on the roads is a life-long process.  We work in partnership with early years establishments to begin introducing very young children to the language of road safety.  All groups have access to ‘Go Safe! – Ziggy’s Road Safety Mission’ – the pioneering road safety approach aimed at children from birth to six and their parents and carers. For more information please visit www.gosafewithziggy.com

Primary Education

A huge amount of work is delivered through our primary schools.  A full programme of activities and resources are available for schools to help children develop their road safety awareness.  Practical training in the form of pedestrian training and cyclist training takes place giving children the chance to encounter real road situations in a controlled environment.  If these skills are practised over a lifetime then this should enable them to become safe independent road users.  All schools have access to the comprehensive road safety resource Streetsense 2 and www.streetsense2.com .  These are linked to the Curriculum for Excellence and are designed to provide a full programme of road safety for Early, First and Second level stages.

iCycle training takes place through our schools in either Primary 6 or 7, where children are taught basic manoeuvres and learn the rules of the road. If you are interested in becoming an iCycle trainer, please contact your local primary school in the first instance.

Road Safety Calendar Competition

2017 Road Safety calendar winner

2017 Calendar

Talented youngster Tara Heritage-Crabb has been chosen as the winner of this year’s Argyll and Bute Council road safety calendar competition.

Tara’s brightly coloured poster, which bears the message ‘Wait till the red goes green’, was selected as the overall winner by a panel of judges.

Every year, the Road Safety Unit asks local school children to design posters, with the overall winner receiving a £50 voucher and the Road Safety Classroom Calendar Trophy for their school. 

8-year-old Tara, a Primary 5 pupil from Lochnell Primary School in Lorn, was thrilled, and a little surprised, to be this year’s winner.

Her picture features at the top of the calendar, which is being sent to every school classroom in Argyll and Bute.

Download the 2017 Road Safety calendar here

Secondary Education

It has been recognised that one of the most dangerous stages in a child’s development is the transition from Primary to Secondary school.  To make children more aware at this time we use Theatre in Education to get this message over in an innovative way.  All schools use ‘Your Call’ (S1-S3) and ‘Crash Magnets’ (S4-6) – resources which engage young people in the issues related to cycling, distraction in the road environment and being a newly qualified driver with friends as passengers.

The Road Safety Unit, in partnership with Scottish Fire and Rescue, are also available to deliver presentations to 6th year pupils. Please contact road.safety@argyll-bute.gov.uk for more information.

In Car Safety

We offer advice to parents regarding in-car safety for babies and young children.  We can also check the fitting and suitability of child car restraints.  For further information please contact 01546 604182, or go to http://www.goodeggcarsafety.com/

Younger Drivers

The Argyll and Bute Council Road Safety Team in partnership with DRIVESafe in Argyll and Bute, are pleased to be offering a grant of £75.00 to new drivers completing the Pass Plus Scheme.

Pass Plus is an additional course aimed at new drivers living in Argyll and Bute who would like to further improve their confidence and driving skills after passing their practical test. It was designed by the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) with the help of insurers and the driving instruction industry.

You can find out more details about what the course involves, how to find a registered instructor and apply for the grant on our Pass Plus page.

Motorcyclists

Scottish Biker

Argyll and Bute is undoubtedly a great place to ride your motorcycle – from our sweeping, remote roads to our Glen and Coastal routes.  We want bikers to travel here, having adventures and making memories, but we ask that you drive responsibly and return home safely.

The fifth edition of Scottish Biker, a magazine aimed at motorcyclists, both local and visitors, addresses topics such as filtering and observation, gives route reviews as well as information on how to improve riding skills and increase awareness of road hazards.

The magazine has been written for bikers by bikers – you can read your copy here or if you would prefer a hard copy please e-mailroad.safety@argyll-bute.gov.uk

Bikes at Inveraray

Discounts available on advanced rider training for residents of Argyll and Bute

Advanced training can help make you a better and safer rider, and could also save you money on your insurance as some companies may see you as less of a risk after completing further training.  We’ve teamed up with the IAM (on-road training) and MotoScotland (off-road)  to offer residents in Argyll and Bute a £49 discount on either the IAM Skill for Life or MotoScotland Level 2 course.  (Funding is currently available from 1st April 2017-31st March 2018)

Find out more and apply for a grant here