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Lessons in road safety as primary school children join special 'Kids walk'

More than 10,000 children from across the East of England have taken part in a special 'Kids walk' organised by the road safety charity Brake.

Schools from across the UK have been invited to take their children out for a walk to teach them about staying safe by the roadside.

Watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Emily Knight.

"There's something called a crossing and when you cross the road if there is a car coming don't come, as you can get run over."

– Pupil, Icknield Primary School
Children from Icknield Primary School in Sawston taking part in the 'Kids walk' Credit: ITV News Anglia

"If you're on a path you're not allowed to be silly, if you're not looking where you are going you can fall over in the road."

– Pupil, Icknield primary School
Reception children ready to take part in the 'Kids walk' for road safety charity Brake Credit: ITV News Anglia
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Children were injured or killed on roads across the East of England in 2016.
Reception class at Icknield Primary School with teacher Emily Stevenson Credit: ITV News Anglia

“It is every child's right to be able to walk in their community without fear of traffic and pollution. But many kids are unable to do so because they don’t have access to simple measures such as footpaths, cycle paths and safe places to cross. Many more have to contend with fast traffic and pollution from vehicle emissions. If we want more children and their families to walk in the East of England, then we need to make sure their journeys are safe. "

– Dave Nichols, community engagement manager for Brake, the road safety charity

Icknield Primary School in Sawston near Cambridge took part in the 'Kids walk' and also invited the police to talk to the children in reception and year one about road and cycle safety.

PCSO Chris Wiseman talking to a year one class at Icknield Primary School Credit: ITV News Anglia

"In our school community, a lot of people live locally to the school and a lot of children do walk and cycle to school and especially in Cambridge where everybody uses bikes, it's really important that children learn at a young age how to stay safe on cycles and as a pedestrian."

– Emily Stevenson, Reception teacher

Other short, supervised walks have taken place in and around schools and nurseries across the UK.

Children have been walking in a crocodile formation and holding hands to highlight the importance of being able to walk without fear or threat from traffic.

Brake wants to see five measures in place to improve road safety:

  • Better access to footpaths
  • Cycle paths
  • Safe places to cross the road
  • Slow traffic
  • Clean traffic