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8-11 Years

As children make more independent journeys the need for them to be able to demonstrate the skills of finding a safer place to cross, how to cross at parked cars and how to deal with junctions becomes more important. Before allowing such independent journeys parents should be satisfied that their children are fit and able to cope with the basics of safer road crossing. However, this needs to be judged within the context that most children under the age of 10 may not be able to accurately judge the distance and speed of approaching traffic – these skills develop over time and are enhanced through experience and seeing good examples of adult behaviour.

The appropriate use of crossing facilities is another key component in safer road use and the most important principle when using any facility (light controlled or not) is to make sure the traffic has stopped before crossing – just because a green man is showing doesn’t mean the traffic will stop !

Children who enjoy cycling can be encouraged to use the roads, starting with quiet roads before being expected to progress to busy roads.  Indeed, it may be more appropriate to discuss journey planning to identify routes that avoid busy roads and utilise off road facilities.

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