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Road safety development

Glasgow has a statutory duty under section 39 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 to provide a road safety service which must include measures to promote road safety through education, training and publicity and to undertake studies into road traffic collisions and take steps to reduce and prevent them.

Glasgow has already met and surpassed the UK government casualty reduction targets set for 2010 and we now have to re-focus our efforts to meet the new and challenging road casualty targets set by the Scottish Government to 2020 which are:



2015 milestone % reduction


2020 target % reduction

People killed





People seriously injured





Children (aged < 16) killed





Children (aged < 16 seriously injured)        





Road safety education

Our road safety development section will ensure that every child in Glasgow has access to road safety education and training throughout their school years.

Our vision for 2020 is one where no child is killed on Glasgow's roads and the number of children injured is significantly reduced.

This is a bold commitment that requires the support of every road user.

Glasgow has a dedicated road safety team to support the delivery of road safety education and training within our schools and communities.

Every primary school in the city now has their very own online road safety action plan which links to the prestigious annual Lord Provost's Road Safety Award.

The school plan links to a wider Road Safety Action plan for each local community to ensure that all road users are Go Safe.

To access your school action plan please visit the Go Safe Glasgow website.


A new interactive web based resource is also available to support your action plan and can be found at the Go Safe Scotland website

Road safety engineering

Our Accident Investigation and Prevention and Operations team has a number of statutory functions which align with the Council's key priorities to improve health and wellbeing whilst making Glasgow a safer city and maintaining the assets associated with this.

This team fulfils the statutory duties of analysing and recording road accident patterns. It is also responsible for the delivery of road safety development and education. Expertise within the team allows formal investigation into the causes and contributory factors of road accidents as part of a safety assessment process. The team is divided into sub area teams that manage and maintain the traffic assets including signs/ lines and barriers on a daily basis. It is also the direct contact for traffic/ police liaison matters for the department.

Road safety publicity

The Go Safe Glasgow Road Safety Partnership is led by Glasgow City Council's Road Safety Development Section.

The partnership brings together a wealth of knowledge and experience and includes representatives from Glasgow City Council, Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Scottish Camera Programme, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and Community Safety Glasgow. We are working together to reduce casualties on Glasgow's roads and to make our communities safe for all.

We aim to deliver an exciting programme of campaigns within our communities and look at addressing issues which are specific to Glasgow. As we tackle one issue we need to remain focused on the overall statistical trend and concerns within our neighbourhoods.

For further information and up-to-date news go to the Go Safe Glasgow website

Road safety training

Bikeability is cycle training where children receive comprehensive training to give them the skills and confidence to cycle on today's roads.

There are 3 levels available:

  • Level 1 teaches basic bike skills in the playground and is aimed at Primary 5 pupils
  • Level 2 teaches basic bike skills in a controlled live road environment and is aimed at Primary 6 pupils
  • Level 3 is a more advanced course suitable for schools who are able to commit additional time for on road training and is aimed at Primary 7 pupils.

Teachers can be trained as cycle training assistants, enabling them to deliver bikeability within their school. Interested volunteers in the community can also receive training and assist schools to deliver the training.

Our officers can train the trainers and support schools when they are delivering the cycle training. For further information go to the Go Safe Glasgow website

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