Some 3,700 children are welcoming a special guest this month (October) as road safety guru Louis Taylor visits Wokingham Borough primary and pre-schools over the next three weeks to teach them all about how to cross the road safely.
The road safety shows have been organised by Wokingham Borough Council’s road safety team in a bid to help children learn how to cross a road safely, where a road should be crossed and when it’s appropriate to hold on to a parent or guardian’s hand. Children also learn about why it is important to wear a cycle helmet.
Louis Taylor is an entertainer who has been running road safety workshops for children for many years. He uses a variety of ways to get important road safety messages across including magic, drama and puppets – like Billy the Beacon. Billy is hugely popular with children as he has two big feet to remind him to stop well back from the kerb, two big eyes to look all around very carefully, two big ears to listen to traffic and a big round head to think.
Wokingham Borough Council’s executive member for planning and highways Cllr John Kaiser said: "Teaching children the importance of crossing the road safely is a priority in our road safety programme. I am delighted we can bring Louis back to educate children in his unique and memorable way."