Sandra Agbabiaka & Su Guy, Hackney Council
Sandra Agbabiaka moved to England in 2001 following a varied career in her native Italy which included roles in agritourism, catering and the hotel sector.
Sandra started her road safety career in Lewisham in 2003, before moving to Hackney in 2006.
In the 10 years since then she has led on a wide range of road safety projects including ‘Concrete Dreams’, an award-winning teen project aimed at reducing casualties within minority groups; and 'Custard Creams', a workshop for the ‘older’ generation looking at social inclusion and the importance of transport and safety. Sandra has also led on initiatives to reduce P2W casualties, including establishing a new inner city venue for the BikeSafe programme and motorcycle awareness workshops.
Su Guy began working in secondary schools in 1997 as part of a charity outreach service facilitating anti-bullying and assertiveness workshops. Her road safety career began in 2002 at the London Borough of Redbridge where she became a qualified cycling instructor delivering National Standards cycle training (now Bikeability) to children aged 10-14 years.
As part of her responsibility for delivering road safety education to teenagers in the borough, and working in partnership with the local emergency services, Su developed and presented 'Redbridge Drive for Life', a young drivers' workshop, and later produced a magazine of the same name for students aged 16-18 years. Su then qualified as a secondary school teacher of Citizenship in 2009 and taught in schools in East London and Essex for the next four years. Citizenship education includes learning about the law, rights and responsibilities, and as such provides a good opportunity to include road safety information in lessons.
In 2014 Su returned to road safety education at the London Borough of Barnet, and in 2015 moved to Hackney to continue delivering child casualty reduction programmes, supporting the borough’s Junior Road Safety Officers as well as working on other campaigns and publicity for the general public.
Presentation: 20mph in Hackney
In February 2015 a 20mph speed limit was introduced on main roads across Hackney. In this joint presentation Su and Sandra will look at the impact of this initiative, and pass on advice to road safety officers and elected members who may experience the introduction of a similar scheme in their borough at some point in the future.