Local primary school pupils made a significant contribution to the success of the first School Run Summit for west Glasgow, which was hosted earlier this week by local charity Dumbarton Road Corridor Environment Trust (DRCET) and De’ils On Wheels at the Heart of Scotstoun Community Centre.

The pupils, many of whom are Junior Road Safety Officers (JRSOs), joined over 40 other people who attended the School Run Summit, to look at how they could work together more effectively to address the school run issue and make the streets in and around local schools in the G11 to G15 postcode areas safer for all.

The primary school pupils told people about the great initiatives they are involved in including the JRSO programme, BikeAbility, the zig-zag campaign, the parking pledge, walking buses and park and stride schemes. Bankhead, Corpus Christi and Garscadden (now part of Clyde Primary) Primary Schools were all awarded the Glasgow City Council’s Lord Provost’s Road Safety Award in September.

JRSOs from St Paul’s Primary School in Whiteinch said,

“The School Run Summit was a great opportunity for us as JRSOs to think about Road Safety, particularly during the school run. It was a great day and we learned a lot and it gave us lots of ideas. We now have plans for more action on road safety and the school run at our school.”

There was a diverse range of people in attendance including representatives from St Paul’s, St Brendan’s, Corpus Christi, Clyde, Knightswood, Broomhill, Scotstoun, Hyndland, Hillhead and St Ninian’s Primary Schools; local community councils, Glasgow City Council’s Road Safety Team, Education Department, Active Schools Team and local Councillors; Glasgow Centre for Population Health, Sustrans Scotland, Living Streets Scotland, Cycling Scotland, Police Scotland and others.

Councillor Michael Cullen, local Councillor for Garscadden/Scotstounhill ward said,

“Today’s School Run Summit was an excellent example of a community working together to address a long standing problem. We have all witnessed the impact of the school run in our local community. The children are entirely our future, we don’t want them as adults to be sitting around the table discussing the same problems.”

Delegates also heard about a range of other initiatives including Living Streets Scotland’s WOW walk to school challenge, Cycling Scotland’s Cycle Friendly awards schemes, Sustrans Scotland’s Hands Up Scotland survey, the BikeAbility Scotland programme [10] as well as information from Glasgow Centre for Population Health about the benefits to pupils, parents, communities and the environment about walking, cycling and scooting to school [11].

Neil Lovelock, DRCET Project Manager said,

“Our first School Run Summit has proved to be a huge success. Everyone, including the local primary schools, made a great contribution to the success of the event sharing their knowledge and experience. The next step is to set up a small working group to turn these ideas into action to ensure that our young people are able get to school safely and fulfil their potential and become active and healthy citizens.”

All the organisations in attendance were encouraged to take part in the national Road Safety Week the UK’s biggest road safety event which runs from 20 to 26 November which is coordinated annually by Brake, the road safety charity.

Tweets from the event can be viewed here https://twitter.com/hashtag/schoolrunsummit