Coordinated by BrakeWaka Kotahi

Children and young people are at the heart of Road Safety Week

Are you a teacher, youth worker, or early-learning educator? Then register now to take part in RSW!

All children and young people use roads and have experienced road danger; so it's the perfect topic for a project that can really engage them as well as save their lives, while also meeting curriculum goals. Road Safety Week is a great time to tie your activities into a national event, and kick-start campaigns in your area.

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A note on COVID-19: Whilst COVID-19 continues to have an impact on organisations and communities at times, we are ensuring that a number of Road Safety Week activity suggestions can be adapted to run in various settings, whether at your school/centre, at home, or via distance/online learning.

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In addition to the electronic action pack, you can order low-cost hard copy resources for your activities.

Interactive games and resources
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Road Safety Week is 10!

This year is the 10th Road Safety Week in New Zealand and we need your help to make it the best yet, engaging more people than ever in raising awareness of road safety. Some ways you can help to support the week are:

  • Share details of Road Safety Week and encourage others to sign up and take part.
  • Go Yellow. Could you hold a yellow or Bright Day to help raise awareness and funds for Brake? Could you display or wear a yellow ribbon?
  • Help us to highlight that it's the 10th Road Safety Week through road safety activities that show what's happened in the last 10 years. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Activity ideas

For the 2021 theme - Speed:

  • Early years: hold a Beep Beep! Day and learn about traffic and how fast it is, sing road safety songs, and make posters to help parents and children stay safe.
  • Primary and intermediate: learn about speed in science lessons, or create posters reminding drivers to slow down outside your school.
  • Secondary and youth: learn about forces of motion in physics, investigate why drivers speed, or challenge your young people to make a video about the risks of speeding and what pressures might influence drivers to speed.
  • Read about this year's theme.

For early years:

  • Rowandale 6Run a Beep Beep! Day in your centre or at home, teaching children key road safety messages and engaging parents too.
  • Talk about road safety, read a road safety story or sing a road safety song.
  • Teach that traffic is dangerous and holding hands is important.
  • Invite a visitor to talk about road safety, e.g. a Police officer or local road safety officer
  • Make a road safety display using free posters from Brake. Register today to receive those resources.
  • Mention Road Safety Week and promote road safety in your newsletter to parents.
  • Send a flyer or newsletter to parents about road safety.
  • Fundraise for Brake on your Beep Beep! Day or by running a Bright Day for Brake and help us to continue providing free support resources to bereaved families.

For primary and intermediate schools:

  • RSW15 AklTalk about road safety in assemblies or hold a special road safety assembly or open event for parents, in person or virtually.
  • Use our hands-up survey for 5-11 year olds to get students' opinions on road safety in your area and use the results to devise some activities for the Week.
  • Integrate road safety learning into curriculum lessons, e.g. drama, geography. For more information on bringing road safety into the classroom visit our Teacher Zone. You can also use Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency's education resources.
  • Make a road safety display in your school/centre using free posters from Brake. Register today to receive those resources.
  • Talk to your local council's road safety coordinator or community police officer about road safety and any activities happening in your local area.
  • Mention Road Safety Week / promote road safety in your newsletter to parents.
  • Send a special flyer/newsletter to parents about road safety.
  • Challenge the children to create a road safety poster/leaflet/banner/film/play.
  • Organise a media photo call. Find out from your local council the number of people killed and injured on your region's roads last year. Arrange for that number of people to lie down in the shape of that number somewhere safe (e.g. a school playground).
  • Run a local campaign to make improvements to the safety of a road in your area. Arrange a media spokesperson. Talk in advance to local officials, so they know what you are doing and you can ask them for any necessary safety advice. Read our community campaign guide.
  • Have a special guest in to talk about road safety, for example, a police officer, or drama group.
  • Fundraise by running a Bright Day for Brake (when everyone turns up wearing something bright in return for a donation!) to help us continue to provide free support resources for bereaved families.
  • Fundraise for Brake in another way. View a range of fundraising ideas.

For high schools, colleges and youth groups:

  • young peopleChallenge the young people to create a road safety poster/leaflet/banner/film/play.
  • Talk about road safety in your assemblies or hold a special road safety assembly or open event for parents.
  • Make a road safety display in your school/centre using free posters from Brake. Register today to receive those resources.
  • Mention Road Safety Week / promote road safety in your newsletter to parents.
  • Integrate road safety learning into curriculum lessons, e.g. drama, geography. For more information on bringing road safety into the classroom visit our Teacher Zone. You can also use Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency's education resources.
  • Organise a media photo call. Find out from your local council the number of people killed and injured on your region's roads last year. Arrange for that number of people to lie down in the shape of that number somewhere safe (e.g. a school playground).
  • Run a local campaign to make improvements to the safety of a road in your area. Arrange a media spokesperson. Talk in advance to local officials, so they know what you are doing and you can ask them for any necessary safety advice. Read our community campaign guide.
  • Have a special guest in to talk about road safety, for example, a police officer, or drama group.
  • Fundraise by running a Bright Day for Brake (when everyone turns up wearing something bright in return for a donation!)
  • Fundraise for Brake in another way. View a range of fundraising ideas.

Don't forget to register to tell us what you're planning so we can feature your activities.

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