Drivers in Corby urged to park up and walk in support of national road safety campaign

Road Safety Week is taking place next week
Road Safety Week is taking place next week

People in Corby are being urged to park and stride as part of a national initiative to promote road safety.

Corby Council’s Neighbourhood Management Team is joining national road safety charity, Brake, to encourage communities to ‘drive less, live more’ as part of national Road Safety week, which takes place from Monday, November 23, to Saturday, November 28.

We hope to alleviate traffic by encouraging parents to drive less

The Rural Safer Community Team will be spreading the word in Corby’s villages around road safety issues and working with Northants Police to deliver a series of road safety talks to youngsters in local primary schools.

The team will also be working with Cottingham Primary School to run a park and stride event on November 24 and 25.

Parents can meet neighbourhood wardens and community safety officers at the Spread Eagle car park between 8.15am and 8.30am who will then escort them to the school safely.

This will run again in the afternoons, meeting at 3.15pm at the school side gates off Mill Road and returning to the Spread Eagle car park.

The park and stride initiative is something that has already been a great success in other parts of Corby last month as part of International Walk to School Month, where about 120 children participated across four primary schools.

Corby Council’s rural pride officer Suzanne Preston said: “Parking problems and road safety issues often go hand in hand, particularly around our local schools, and therefore we are looking to focus on these issues during National Road Safety Week.

“Children are often the best educators to their parents and so we hope that our key road safety messages will be passed along through our engagement with our youngsters.”

Deputy leader of Corby Council, Cllr Jean Addison, said: “At the beginning and end of the school day a mix of heavy traffic and lots of young children can mean that schools are a natural area in which road safety can be of concern.

“During Road Safety Week, by encouraging our youngsters to join our park and stride events, we hope to alleviate traffic by encouraging parents to drive less as well as educate youngsters around road safety at the same time.”