Children from all over Gwynedd have been taking part in recent activities which will help keep them safe as they use the main roads.
The ongoing campaign by the Gwynedd and Anglesey Road Safety team aims to ensure that school children can walk safely to school, where it is appropriate.
The work includes showing children how to cross and walk along the road safely, teaching children who can help them to cross the road and to press on motorists to take extra care when driving near schools.
Councillor Dafydd Meurig, the Gwynedd Council Cabinet Member with responsibility for road safety, said: “I’m pleased that so many Gwynedd pupils are able to take advantage of the Road Safety team’s work and many congratulations to all the children for their good work.
“By improving road safety around schools, urging drivers to take extra care and teaching children how to keep safe, I’m confident that we can encourage more children and their families to walk to school.
“This can help young people to be more fit and active and reduce the traffic. One in five cars on the roads during the morning rush-hour are on the school run – by encouraging more families to go on foot can we can reduce the congestion around the school gate, reduce car emissions and make it more safe for all who use the highway.”
Schools in the Dwyfor and Meirionnydd areas have been busy lately:
Ysgol Bro Hedd Wyn, Trawsfynydd – The winners of a recent competition to design 20mph signs to be placed on the road outside the school are Teleri Wyn Hughes and Katie Ball.
The competition follows work carried out by Gwynedd Council’s Transport and Street Care Service to improve road safety for the pupils.
Ysgol Morfa Nefyn – The children had a special visitor recently, when Carys Ofalus popped by the school. This was a chance for the children to meet the lovable road safety character and also to dress up as some of the adults who can help them cross the road, such as a police officer or a ‘lollypop’ crossing attendant.
Ysgol y Gorlan, Tremadog – Carys Ofalus, the road safety character, visited this school too and presented certificates to the Year 1 and 2 pupils who had been taking part in Kerbcraft lessons.
Kerbcraft is a Gwynedd Council scheme which is funded by the Welsh Government aimed at teaching children how to walk along the road safely, how to cross the road and how to cope with traffic.
For more information about the Gwynedd and Anglesey Road Safety Team’s work, including the activities carried out at these schools, please go to www.dffgwyneddmon.net