Greetland Academy pupils joined over 10,000 children across the UK in a giant walking bus campaign to make streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists.
The Giant Walking Bus, a national initiative by road safety charity Brake is calling on drivers and the government to make roads safer by slowing down to 20mph in areas where people or on foot or bike.
A Brake survey found four in five students in Yorkshire and the Humber said they would like to walk and cycle more to and from school and at the weekend. More than half of the 500 children questioned said they worry they might be run over by traffic when walking or cycling on roads.
Greetland Academy’s school business manager, Jayne Firth said: “We’re delighted to be taking part in Brake’s Giant Walking Bus.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity for kids to make their voices heard and promote road safety to children, parents and local drivers. Our pupils will be marching and shouting out loud about the importance of drivers slowing down in our community, so they can enjoy a healthy, fun, active lifestyle without being endangered.”
Brake’s deputy chief executive, Julie Townsend said: “The kids marching for safer roads in Halifax and across the UK yesterday 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.
“This has serious implications for their long-term health and wellbeing, the burden on our NHS, the environment, and our society as a whole. If we are going to create an environment fit for our children we need to put them – not motor vehicles – first. We are appealing to drivers to slow down to 20mph or less around homes, schools and shops, to local authorities in Yorkshire and Humber to continue rolling out 20mph limits; and to national government to make 20mph the national urban default.”