Children at Tregolls School remind drivers to stick to 20

Children who walk or cycle to Tregolls School have been using their creative talents to reinforce the message to motorists that the road outside their school is a 20 mph zone.

Walking and cycling charity Sustrans worked with Cornwall Council and Tregolls School to devise a competition to design-a-sign to remind drivers of the lower speed limit and that they are entering a residential area where children walk and cycle to school.

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The result is that the official 20 mph zone signing on Chellew Road, funded by money received from developers as part of what is known as a section 106 agreement, has been given a colourful boost by the children themselves. 

Following a whole school assembly to launch the competition over 90 entries were received and the hard task of judging was undertaken by the school and Sustrans project officer Nick Ratcliffe. The eventual winning entries were created by Isa (year 6) and Tegan (year 2).

Their designs were made into metal signs and have been installed next to existing 20 mph zone signage either side of Chellew Road on the approach to the school. The winners also received a Sustrans goody bag for their efforts.

Andy Watkins, Head Teacher at Tregolls School said: ” As a school we want to encourage as many pupils as possible to travel in under their own steam. It’s good for their well-being, they arrive at school ready to learn and the roads near school become quieter and safer. We warmly welcome this initiative, the children’s designs help make drivers aware who is likely to be on the roads and pavements; it reminds them they are in a lower speed area and to drive considerately.“

Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for transport Geoff Brown said: “We are working with Sustrans to deliver a funded programme promoting walking, cycling and public transport.  It’s important that our children think about and are involved in helping to make sure that the roads around their school are as safe as possible.  Initiatives such as this which produce such eye catching results that can be securely fixed  to the formal signs are very welcome.”

Simon Murray, Sustrans route development manager, Cornwall said “The new pedestrian facilities supporting trips to the schools in the area was a straight forward engineered improvement, the school 20mph design competition just brought it to life and it was great to see the children’s reactions.”

 

Story posted 07 March 2019