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Pupils across Cumbria ensured that they were seen and safe during ‘Bright and Bling Days’ which took place last week.
As part of National Road Safety Week, pupils walked, cycled and scooted to school wearing as much bright and reflective clothing as possible so that they stood out safely to road users.
Around 15 schools across the county participated in the Bright and Bling days, which were devised by Cumbria County Council’s Integrated Transport Team for primary and infant schools to raise awareness of road safety and protecting pedestrians and cyclists during dark evenings.
In preparation for the week, teachers discussed with children how they need to be seen by motorists on their journey, what they could wear and how they could behave.
The event was run as part of the Active Travel initiative to reinforce the message for the children to ‘be seen and be safe’ and highlight to motorists that school children are travelling to and from school.
Cllr Tim Knowles, cabinet member for transport, said: “Initiatives such as this one are an important step towards educating children on road safety, especially as it gets darker more quickly and accidents increase significantly.
“I’d like to say a big thank you to the schools who have volunteered to take part in this initiative and the county council staff who have made this happen. I hope that the lessons learned and the awareness raised from this event will extend beyond the week so that these practices are commonplace with pupils.”
The same county council team who are running the Bright and Bling day will also be running a competition in school to highlight the ‘fun aspect’ of travelling to school.
Pupils are being asked to come up with a poster depicting what they enjoy most about travelling to school actively – it could be anything from enjoying the sunshine to walking with friends or playing in the snow.
Entries will be judged next month and entrants will be informed in January. The winning posters will be printed and made into a calendar and winning pupils will receive an art box.