Road Safety Is A Top Priority For Derwendeg Primary School
Pupils from Derwendeg Primary School recently took part in a road safety event, as well as overseeing the installation of a new 20MPH zone outside the school.
Members of Caerphilly County Borough Council’s Road Safety Team were joined by Cllr Sean Morgan, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Sustainability, who awarded a trophy to the class who travel most sustainably to school.
Competition was fierce, with the majority of children in the school choosing to walk or cycle, with the winning class having 85% of children travelling to school in this way. The competition will now be held every term.
Dr Bike also visited the school, testing over 20 bikes and scooters to ensure that they were roadworthy by testing and replacing brakes, pumping up tyres and changing inner tubes. The school can securely accommodate bikes and scooters in the bicycle and scooter storage units provided onsite.
Cllr Morgan said: “I was delighted to attend the road safety session at Derwendeg Primary School, where pupils displayed their enthusiasm for sustainable travel and road safety. Well done to everyone who took part.
He continued: “A new 20MPH zone has also been introduced in the area surrounding Derwendeg Primary School, which will help to ensure the safety of pupils travelling to and from school”.
Mr Stewart Davies, Head Teacher of Derwendeg Primary School said: “The 20MPH scheme has been a fantastic addition to the local community and school. It has allowed the children to be involved in all stages of a real life meaningful project. The sustainable transport element of the scheme has ensured more children traveling to school in a safe and sustainable way. This will have very positive future implications for all involved”.
The 20MPH speed limit zone and traffic calming in the village was built utilising the Welsh Government Capital Road Safety Grant and the bicycle/scooter storage was funded from Welsh Government's Safe Routes in Communities funding.