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Mosques lead award- winning community scheme

7 May 2013

First implemented by Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council in 2005, the award - winning Mosque Marshalling Scheme has subsequently been taken up by councils across Britain and can easily be replicated across the world.

The scheme was born out of concern for the safety of children travelling to and from the local Mosques and Madrassas in Blackburn. The town has a large Muslim community, and coupled with the fact that it is very compact, with many journeys made by foot, the danger posed to children travelling to Mosque was a serious concern.

The scheme was the community’s answer to increase the safety of its children. In Blackburn, marshals are trained by the Casualty Reduction Team (CRT) and chaperone children across the borough’s roads, in much the same way as school crossing patrols. The marshals are deployed at strategic points to maximise the impact on safety and children are kitted out with high visibility jackets. The CRT provides an education programme in each Madrassa to reinforce key pedestrian safety messages and promote the use of the marshals.

The scheme won a Prince Michael Award in 2006 

This is the first of a number of pedestrian schemes developed in UK which Road Safety GB showcased during the Second UN Global Road Safety Week (6-12 May), focusing on pedestrian safety.


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