Art to highlight the 20mph default speed limit
A Gwynedd school pupil will have his artwork displayed on roadsides near schools across Wales to encourage drivers to respect the forthcoming 20mph default speed limit on most 30mph streets in Wales, from 17 September 2023.
A recent Welsh Government and Road Safety Wales competition captured the imagination of more than 2,000 talented young artists. Pupils in Year 5 to Year 8, in primary and secondary schools across Wales, were challenged to create designs.
It comes as Wales gets ready to see the default speed limits on restricted roads change from 30mph to 20mph, to make streets safer.
Eminent graphic designer and creator of many timeless UK road signs, Margaret Calvert, was amongst the judging panel which chose a design by Noa Williams, in Year 7 at Ysgol Ardudwy, in Gwynedd, as the overall winner.
Teresa Ciano, Chair of Road Safety Wales said: “In classrooms and homes in every local authority, children considered and discussed imaginative ways to visually promote this ground-breaking road safety development to increase active travel, reduce road risk and protect our communities.
“The competition judges were presented with a very difficult task; resulting in Noa’s design being selected as the well-deserved overall winner. The design was so impressive, the Welsh Government is also using it within the national communications campaign raising awareness of the change to 20mph on streets where people live. We would like to offer our congratulations to Noa, runners-up and all the talented pupils who participated in the competition.”
Welsh Government Deputy Minister for Climate Change, Lee Waters MS, presented Noa with his prize of £250 and a representation of the finalised design, at a visit to the Senedd today (Tuesday 21 March 2023).
Four runners-up will each receive prize money of £100. They are: