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Pupils design road safety signs

Thursday 11th July 2013

Pupils from two schools in the Bishopthorpe district of York have taken part in a competition to design road safety signs for use near their schools.

Pupils from Archbishop of York Junior and Bishopthorpe Infant schools took part in the competition to find six road safety themed designs; one for each pair of signs at the entry points into the 20mph-signed areas near the schools.

The winning designs were unveiled on 11 July when the pupils saw the finished signs for the first time.

The signs are the first phase of a package of measures near the schools which will also include other signing improvements, footway work and parking restrictions where children cross.

Councillor Dave Merrett, City of York Council, said: “As a city we are committed to making York’s roads more attractive for walking and cycling and addressing safety concerns, so it’s really important that we raise as much awareness as we can of the dangers of speed.

“The introduction of lower speed limits reduces speeds, giving drivers more time to react to the presence of other road users, and reducing the likelihood and scale of any potential accidents.”

Jonathan Green, head teacher at Archbishop of York Junior, said: “The children got heavily involved in the competition with every single child putting in an entry.

“They have really appreciated being able to be such a big part of the project and understand fully the impact that the signs will have to their own and other people’s safety on and around the roads in Bishopthorpe.”

For more information contact Debbie Manson, City of York Council, on 01904 552005.


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