As a Road Safety officer I deliver education, training and publicity programmes to Bexley’s residents and schools about road safety. We are proud to be one of the safest boroughs in London. We engage with schools to work with children and parents to encourage safer behaviour when using the road. We run a project called ‘Junior Road Safety Officers’ for children in year 5 and 6 to lead road safety campaigns in their school.
My team also delivers cycle training for both children and adults, promoting safe and responsible cycling. We recently worked with colleagues at Peabody to help deliver a programme called ‘Now’s the time’ to promote health and wellbeing . Residents had the opportunity to sign up for cycle training as part of the programme. One individual did not know how to ride a bike. He finished the programme and later completed a 15k charity bike ride for a hospice. It was very rewarding to see the difference the project had made to real lives.
In my role, there’s the chance to be involved in so many projects and be part of something bigger, and feel that you are delivering something worthwhile. The projects we work on are really varied; from running sessions with older residents about continuing to drive safely in their later years , to sending lorry drivers on cycling courses so they get the cyclists’ perspective.
I’ve worked at Bexley since 2008 and it’s exciting how much the organisation is changing. A highlight for me was moving into our new building – it’s a great environment with fantastic facilities.