RICE LANE INFANT AND NURSERY SCHOOL MARCHES FOR SAFER STREETS
At 10am on Wednesday 11th June, 352 of our students joined more than 10,000 primary school children across the UK and took to the streets as part of the Giant Walking Bus, an initiative coordinated by Brake, the road safety charity, and webuyanycar.com<http://webuyanycar.com/>. The aim of the event was to give children a voice, calling on drivers and government to make their streets safer for walking and cycling, to enable them to live healthy, active lifestyles.
In a survey by Brake and webuyanycar.com<http://webuyanycar.com/> of almost 5,000 children taking part in the event, they expressed their wish to get out and about more on foot and bike, and for safer streets to allow them to do so. Visit http://www.webuyanycarsupports.com/support/brake/ for more information. The survey found:
Three quarters (76%) of students would like to walk and cycle more, to get to school, go to the park, or to see friends.
More than half (56%) worry they might be run over by traffic when walking or cycling on roads.
Four in five (81%) think drivers should go slower around their school or home.
With childhood obesity on the rise – three in 10 (28%) children in England aged two to 15 are overweight or obese – it is more critical than ever that children can live more active lifestyles. One of the simplest ways to achieve this is to build active travel into their everyday routine.
However, with 33 children killed and 1,836 seriously injured while walking or cycling in Great Britain in 2012 alone, many parents are understandably fearful to let their children travel to school, the park or friends’ houses this way.
Brake is calling on drivers and government to take action. For drivers, this means slowing down to 20mph or less wherever there may be people on foot or bike, and always keeping a look out for vulnerable road users. For government, this means implementing widespread 20mph speed limits in towns, cities and villages.
Richard Evans, campaign spokesperson for road safety at webuyanycar.com<http://webuyanycar.com/>
said: "Children want to be active and it's our responsibility as road users to ensure they feel safe.
Being able to cycle or walk to and from school should be a childhood right, not a luxury. It was our aim to ensure the Giant Walking Bus at Rice Lane Infant and Nursery School worked as a wakeup call to drivers - children want their roads to be safe and it’s our privilege, at webuyanycar.com, to help the voices of the school's 352 children be heard."