Figheldean school champions safe walking

Salisbury Journal: The walking bus in 2011 The walking bus in 2011

A SCHOOL in Figheldean is urging other schools and community groups across Wiltshire to register now for the UK’s giant safe walking event, and champion safer streets for families.

The Giant Walking Bus, coordinated by Brake, the road safety charity, is on June 11 and will involve thousands of youngsters across the country saying yes to healthy walking and no to people driving fast in their community.

St Michael’s Primary School in Figheldean has been recognised by Brake as one of the star schools of last year’s event for their efforts in promoting road safety and they have already signed up to take part again this year.

Last year St Michael’s used the Giant Walking Bus as a focal point for their campaign to introduce 20mph limits throughout the village.

They made their own 20mph posters, which were attached to the school fences, and raised funds by organising a Bright Day.

Daphne Winter, school governor at St Michael’s said: “The Giant Walking Bus is a fantastic event. It provides an opportunity for the children to get involved in learning about safe walking, the dangers of traffic and why it’s important for drivers to slow down around schools.”

Julie Townsend, Brake deputy chief executive, said: “The Giant Walking Bus is a great way for schools to promote children’s right to be able to walk without fear or threat from traffic. Many schools will have concerns about children’s safety in their area.”

Schools can register at walkingbus.org or by calling 01484 550061. The scheme is supported by webuyanycar.com.

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