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School marches for road safety

Children at the Grange County Primary School took part in a national initiative co-ordinated by road safety charity Brake. NNL-140807-113500001

Children at the Grange County Primary School took part in a national initiative co-ordinated by road safety charity Brake. NNL-140807-113500001

Children at a primary school in Banbury joined thousands of others across the country as part of a road safety initiative.

The Grange Community Primary School in Avocet Way took part in the Giant Walking Bus on June 28, co-ordinated by Brake and webuyanycar.com.

The event aimed to give children a voice and the campaign calls on drivers and the Government to make streets safer for walking and cycling.

Grange head teacher Beverley Boswell said: “We were delighted to take part in Brake’s Giant Walking Bus. It’s a fantastic opportunity for our children to make their voices heard and promote road safety to them, their parents and local drivers.

“Our children marched and shouted loud about the importance of drivers slowing down in our community so they can enjoy a healthy, fun, active lifestyle without being endangered.”

Through the Giant Walking Bus, primary school children learn about road safety, traffic pollution and transport choices. Participating schools get their children to march as part of a supervised group, holding hands on safe pavements or around the school’s grounds.

In a survey by Brake and webuyanycar.com of more than 600 children from the South East, 78 per cent think drivers should go slower around their school or home and 57 per cent worry they might be run over by traffic when walking or cycling on roads.

Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive for Brake, said: “The kids marching for safer roads across the UK should send a clear message to everyone; kids want to be able to get out and walk and cycle, and by not making our streets safe we are denying them the fun, active childhoods they deserve.”

 

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