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Prince Michael presents awards to Star Rating for Schools iRAP and AMEND.

11 December 2018

Prince Michael has presented awards to Star Rating for Schools iRAP and African-based NGO AMEND at his Annual Award Ceremony held at The Savoy in London.

Star Rating for Schools (SR4S) is the first ever evidence-based tool for measuring, managing and communicating the risk children are exposed to on school journeys.

Developed with sponsorship from FedEx, SR4S is an easy-to-use, low-cost application that harnesses the power of the iRAP Star Rating for Pedestrians and combines an Android tablet/smart phone app and a Global Reporting web application. SR4S assesses the risk to pedestrians at spot locations recommending interventions and investment to save lives, whilst at the same time tracking global success.

The School Area Road Safety Assessment and Improvement programme is a fine example of the effective research-based approach taken by AMEND. This programme involves local communities to improve pedestrian infrastructure and to inculcate a safety culture in the policies of local authorities.

The initiative involves a systematic assessment of areas around schools, identification and implementation of low-cost infrastructure measures, training and educational measures as well as advocacy. Such infrastructural measures around schools have included safe footpaths, safe crossings, speed humps, speed limits, road signs and relocating school gates.