Fresh-faced students are on our roads this week as school gates open for the year.
And there are heaps of them: up to 70 per cent of students who attend schools that are part of NPDC’s Let’s Go programme are active travellers – walking, cycling or scootering to class.
“That’s a reverse of what we used to see before Let’s Go started, when most kids were arriving at school by car,” says NPDC Manager Transportation Rui Leitao.
“Kids heading off to school for the first week will be excited and possibly distracted, so we ask all road users to help them get to and from school safely by watching out for them and giving them plenty of room on the road.”
Drivers should also slow down to 20km/h around school buses that’s picking up or dropping off students, and park well away from school gates when dropping off or picking up their children.
Whanau can help by discussing with their children the best routes from home to school, especially safe places to cross the road. Doing a ‘practice run’ with your children will help increase their confidence.
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Page last updated: 11:00AM Fri 06 August 2021