Twilight Trails in Action
Road safety officers from Thurrock Council have been running Twilight Trails each autumn for several years after hearing about a similar scheme in Devon. They work with the borough’s primary schools and use it to make sure young children – and their parents – know the importance of being seen.
- Year 3 pupils and their parents on the Trail wore fluorescent, reflective waistcoats to make them visible as they go around the trail. They searched for lots of hidden reflective items which were hidden in hedges, trees and the undergrowth.
- The students had to count how many reflective items they could find using their torches.
- Members of the team also explain how the torches cause the reflective material to shine in the same way a reflector would shine when caught in a vehicle’s headlight – helping drivers to see them on the road.
- All the children who took part received a fluorescent road safety bag containing reflective stickers and key rings to help them reflect in the driver’s headlamps.
As the evening progressed and it got dark they could see the hidden reflectors really well by torchlight or phone light.
Thanks to Julie at Thurrock Council for sharing this inspiring idea. Header photo credit: Thurrock Council.