iRAP (the International Road Assessment Programme) is the umbrella programme for Road Assessment Programmes (RAPs) worldwide that are working to save lives. iRAP’s Risk Mapping, Star Rating, Safer Roads Investment Plans and Policy and Performance Tracking tools are helping partners across the world.
Star Ratings are based on road inspection data and provide a simple and objective measure of the level of safety which is ‘built-in’ to the road for vehicle occupants, motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians. It is from this star rating that recommendations are made for changes that ultimately make the school journey a safe one for our little ones.
Safer Roads to Schools
Three primary schools have been selected to be the first beneficiaries of this programme based on the condition and traffic flow on the roads around or leading to those schools. Mogoditshane, Itumeleng and Taung Primary Schools were selected because of their unique high risk profiles.
For 4 days from 9-12 July 2019, a training-workshop on iRAP star rating for school survey and assessment was held at City Town Lodge to prepare participants for our Safer Roads to Schools programme.
Training on the use of star rating App – DAY 1
Trainees were informed about objectives of the workshop, introduced and trained in the use of star rating app. Checklist/coding guide was used during the survey, it covers things like vehicle flow, location, road environment, road features, sideways, intersections.
Survey and data analysis & input in Mogoditshane Primary School – DAY 2
On the second day the trainees carried out an assessment/survey at Mogoditshane Primary School. They were divided into groups to do observations and record data in different points around the school that was in the morning and in the afternoon (peak hours). The data was recorded was based on the iRAP training received on the first day.
Survey at Itumeleng and Taung Primary Schools – DAY 3
The assessment/survey continued on to the third day at Itumeleng and Taung Primary Schools in the morning and in the afternoon. Trainees were divided into two groups, others went to Taung while others went to Itumeleng Primary School. Just like the previous day observations and data was recorded in different points around the school at varying times.
Analyses & input of data collected from Itumeleng and Taung Primary schools and graduation ceremony – DAY 4
The fourth day was the day when our trainees got together to input the data collected from the schools. The trainees logged into the Star Rating for Schools app and used it to input the data collected from the surveys. We also had a chance to show them how much we appreciate their efforts by giving them certificates of completion.
This was the beginning of our drive to improve safety for children on our roads to and from school as we prepare for the roll-out of our Safer Roads to Schools Programme.