North Northants Active Travel Directory

North Northants Active Travel and Road Safety Resource Directory

Our Active Travel and Road Safety Educational Resource Directory has been developed for North Northamptonshire educators in schools and workplaces.

We know that you want your pupils or staff to be safe and have healthy lifestyles. By encouraging active travel – walking, cycling, scooting – and teaching how to be safe near traffic you are enabling this. However, in order to do this you need access to good, engaging resources and professionals who are able to help you.

This directory has been compiled for the North Northamptonshire area  as this is where we are based and where we do the majority of our project work – Kettering, Corby, Wellingborough, East Northants, surrounding towns and villages.

Although the main focus is on resources for children, some resources are relevant for any age such as those in workplaces or community groups.

It features resources offered by not-for-profit organisations; public sector, social enterprises, charities and community organisations. Some are free of charge and some are subsidised or charged for. For charged resources we also provide information on funding sources available.

We are thinking broadly here – not just about cycling and walking but also including anything to make our streets safer, journeys more sustainable and reduce car trips for example with community mini bus hire, or more unusual modes of active travel such as skating.

In addition we have a section for nationally available resources and support for active travel and road safety so even if you aren’t from our local area this will help you.

This directory is compiled and maintained by us at Brightwayz social enterprise. Initial funding Is from the Northamptonshire Office the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner’s Road Safety Fund via the Brightwayz ST:EPS project for secondary schools in Kettering. Other funding for this product comes from ploughed back profits from sales of our BrandMyThingy.com range – promotional products with social impact.

We are sure there are more resources out there so we urge you to let us know of any you hear of so we can add to this directory.  Please send any feedback or updates to info@brightwayz.co.uk

NORTH NORTHAMPTONSHIRE ACTIVE TRAVEL AND ROAD SAFETY RELATED ORGANISATIONS AND RESOURCES

Road Safety Heroes logo

Organisation: Northamptonshire Highways

What do they do?: They provide the highways services for Northamptonshire County Council and this includes statutory road safety education. (From 1 April 2021 West Northamptonshire hosts this service for the two new unitary authorities).

What is on offer?:

  • Road Safety Heroes – free online road safety scheme to allow primary school children to take responsibility of road safety in/around their school.
  • 2Fast2Soon – video based intervention presentation for Year 12 students to help them deal with the ‘hazards’ of being a new driver or one of their passengers.
  • First Gear – presentation for Year 13 students, which provides advice regarding the causes of crashes. This allows them to make better informed choices.
  • Bikeability – cycle training for the 21st century provided by an outside training provider. This is part funded by the Department for Transport.

Age Range:  all ages

Cost:  some free, some chargeable

Website: www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/councilservices/northamptonshire-highways/road-safety/Pages/road-safety-in-schools

Contact for more information:  roadsafety@kierwsp.co.uk

brightkidz and brightwayz logo

Organisation: Brightkidz and Brightwayz social enterprise

What do they do?: This is us! We promote safe, active, sustainable everyday travel for all through products, projects and information (like this!).

What is on offer?:

  • Brightkidz ST:EPS programme (Safe Travel: Enabling Pupils and Schools) provides support for primary and secondary schools to develop their own school travel plan leading to DfT-backed Modeshift STARS accreditation. 
  • Active travel and road safety products: school gate banners, reflector shop packs, stickers and more. 
  • Modeshift Walking Bubble: Free support to set up your own 5 minute ‘walking bubble’ around the school to reduce parent/carer traffic outside school.
  • NN Bright News: Sign up to our termly North Northants e-newsletter to see active travel and road safety activities for schools in the county.
  • Workplace and community travel plans: Support to help your business or organisation develop and implement a robust accredited travel plan for environmental, climate, health and economic benefits with Brightwayz.

Age Range:  all ages

Cost: Most are chargeable but funding sources suggested below.

Website: www.brightkidz.co.uk and www.brightwayz.co.uk

Contact for more information: info@brightkidz.co.uk and info@brightwayz.co.uk

kettering cyclones

Organisation: Kettering Cycling Club – Cyclones

What do they do?: They support and coach young people to develop the cycling skills off road, to have fun and enjoy cycling

What is on offer?:

Free off road cycling coaching from qualified British Cycling coaches, ensuring young people learn the skills they need to ride safely and have fun! Coaching and training in safe off road settings.

Off road cycling skills development for young people aged 6 to 16. Fun training sessions led by qualified coaching staff ensure that all young people develop the skills, self confidence and ability to handle their bike safely. Young people are taught in small groups, progressing through our programmes to learn to enjoy off road cycling, many go on to compete in cyclocross, grasstrack, closed circuit and track events locally, regionally and nationally.

First and foremost it’s about loving cycling and riding for fun. We have a fleet of club bikes for loan and ten expert coaches delivering weekly training sessions. We meet every Monday night from 7pm to 8pm

Age Range:  6 – 16

Cost:  tba

Website: www.ketteringcyclingclub.co.uk/cyclones

Contact for more information:  Cyclones@ketteringcyclingclub.co.uk

commminibus

Organisation: CommMiniBus social enterprise

What do they do?:   They provide public transport services for communities.

What is on offer?:

  • Minibus Service for pupils and community organisations.
  • Education – presentation on transport poverty, workshops about using public transport & demonstration of blind spot (cycling education)

Age Range:  all

Cost:  some free and some for a charge

Website: www.cmbus.org

Contact for more information: cmbus.uk@gmail.com

adrenaline alley logo

Organisation: Adrenaline Alley social enterprise

What do they do?: They provide a world-class facility that offers a safe and secure environment for taking part in urban sports. It is a dreamland for skateboard, scooter, BMX, MTB and inline skate enthusiasts.

What is on offer?:

  • In addition to open sessions, they offer weekly BMX, skateboard and scooter training clubs that take place during the Northamptonshire school term time. Experienced coaches take children/teenagers on a path from beginner to advanced with their chosen sport in a skatepark environment. This also helps trainees become competent riders/skaters when using their bikes, boards and scooters as a mode of transport.
  • 1-2-1 coaching is another available option for anyone looking to develop their abilities on a more personal level.
  • Training is open to everyone but requires registering and booking in advance.
  • Please visit www.adrenalinealley.co.uk/training for more information and to get involved!

Age Range:  all

Cost: Please visit their website for up-to-date prices for training and sessions.

Website:  www.adrenalinealley.co.uk

Contact for more information: enquiries@adrenalinealley.co.uk or call 01536 202049.

NAM road smart logo

Organisation: Northampton Advanced Motorists

What do they do?:  They offer advanced driver training.

What is on offer?:

  • Free talks about driving safely and free assessment drives for 6th formers.

Age Range:  age 17+

Cost: Talks are free, training is chargeable.

Website: www.northampton-iam.org.uk

Contact for more information: nam_secretary@yahoo.co.uk

LOCAL FUNDING SOURCES

  • Active travel activities for primary schools can be funded by the school’s PE and Sports premium.
  • Road safety (which is part of active travel) may be funded through the OPFCC’s Road Safety Community Fund.

NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL ACTIVE TRAVEL RESOURCES AND ORGANISATIONS

Think 

Department for Transport’s road safety education resources (England).

www.think.gov.uk

Brake

  • Organises Road Safety Week each November
  • Organises Beep Beep days for nurseries three times a year.
  • Free online resources including Child’s Play explaining  (for all ages) the Safe Systems approach to road safety.

www.brake.org.uk

Modeshift

Shares best practice in sustainable travel delivery

  • Runs the STARS travel plan accreditation schemes for schools, workplaces and communities.
  • Developed Walking Bubble 5 minute walk zone scheme for schools.

www.modeshift.org.uk

Living Streets

The UK charity for everyday walking

  • Organises UK spring Walk to School Week every May.
  • Their Travel Tracker helps monitor how pupils get to school.
  • WOW – or Walk on Wednesdays – is their scheme for encouraging walking to school at least once a week.

www.livingstreets.org.uk

Sustrans

The charity making it easier for people to walk or cycle.

  • Organise The Big Pedal each March/April – competition for schools covering a fortnight of walking, cycling and scooting to school.

Cycling UK

Promotes all forms of cycling

www.cyclinguk.org

Pride Out

Network of inclusive, friendly LGBTQ+ cycling groups. Based in the north west of England but expanding to cover a wider areas as demand requires.

www.prideout.co.uk

United Nations

Organises Global Road Safety Week and the #SafeLivesSpeakUp initiative to enable people to campaign and speak up about road safety.

www.unroadsafetyweek.org

 

If you represent an international, UK-wide or North Northamptonshire not-for-profit organisation promoting road safety or active travel and would like  your organisation to be considered for listing here free of charge please email us with your details: projects@brightkidz.co.uk.  

 

Information given here is provided in good faith and intended as a guide only –  neither Brightkidz nor the organisations featured are liable for any inaccuracies. Please contact the organisations directly to confirm latest and up to date information. Please notify us of any errors.
funded by opfcc and bmt as part of steps project

Local Resource Feature:

Road Safety Heroes

Organised by Northants Highways Road Safety team for local primary schools. Find out more.

road safety heroes from Grange

Local Info:

North Northants Council

North Northamptonshire Council is the new unitary authority covering Corby, Kettering, Wellingborough and East Northants from 1 April 2021. This directory is primarily for those living and working in this area. Find out more.

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