Road safety week: from a special guinea pig to future transport

May 8 2017. Road safety week is now on. Get involved through classroom learning, the Future Transport Competition, or by spreading the messages of a very special guinea pig.

Constable Elliot from the New Zealand Police has caused folks on the internet to stop and take a second look, with his image spreading rapidly across news sites and social media.

Elliot is literally and figuratively a guinea pig. The small furry pet appears in Police Facebook posts in something of an experimental approach to sharing safety messages. His pronouncements have struck a chord with thousands of comments made on a recent appearance.

Road Safety Week is now on – from 8-14 May. Whether Elliot makes another appearance is an official secret, but here’s a run-down on ways to consider the role of road safety education in your school.

Have a quick read

See how teachers are integrating road safety into the curriculum. This Education Gazette feature article includes teachers talking about their practice.

“There’s a greater chance of critical thinking taking place when you’re learning about road safety for a sustained time period.” – Hayden Shaw, Senior Leader, Rolleston College.

“The curriculum resources I’ve used provide a rich context which is engaging to students and helps them make meaning for themselves around road and vehicle safety.” Sarah Howell, Head of Mathematics and Statistics at Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu.

Citizens, road users and deep learners (Education Gazette)

Support students in the Future Transport Competition

Future Transport Competition 2017 banner.

Road safety is among the possible themes as students present their ideas on transforming transport in New Zealand. The competition challenges student teams in years 1–13 to enter games or narratives. Entries must be by teams of three or more students. Online support includes the student guide, teacher guide and ideas bank. Prizes for students, teacher and school. The deadline is 5pm, Friday 30 June 2017.

Did you know that a piggie's top speed can be around 9km/hr?  Not me, I have gone a bit overboard on the carbs lately...

Posted by New Zealand Police on Saturday, April 29, 2017

Future Transport Competition

Take action through teaching and learning

Curriculum resources are available for primary through to secondary education. NCEA assessment resources are included.

Latest resources include Health and PE resources for junior and senior secondary classes. These HPE resources provide opportunities for students to

  • improve cycle skills
  • examine the place of cycling in the community
  • design actions to promote cycling to others.

View all resources

See what else is happening

The Road Safety Week website includes a map showcasing events in New Zealand and around the world.

UN Global Road Safety Week