An incident involving a cyclist being knocked off their bicycle this morning has been brought to our attention. The incident has been reported to the Police. Due to the incident we thought it timely to reinforce how we can keep ourselves safe. We are well aware that we are limited for space at dropping and collection times.  Here are some top tips on how you can make a difference to keeping the Gomer community safe.

How Can You Help?
✓ Keep your speed down
✓ Turn your engine off if leaving your vehicle
✓ Leave the middle of the road free, with enough room for other road users to easily pass through
✓ Make sure your child leaves and enters your vehicle safely onto the pavement
✓ Check for pedestrians and cyclists before opening a car door
✓ Leave enough room on pavements for pedestrians to get past
✓ Take care when reversing

Please Keep Clear…
✓ Zig Zags and School Entrances
✓ Dropped Kerbs
✓ Resident’s Driveways
✓ Opposite or within 10 meters of a junction- so that children can see cars and cars can see children

Your questions answered…
Q: Can I double park if I remain in my vehicle?
A: No, vehicles parked in the middle of a road cause obstruction for all road users and may obstruct the line of sight for pedestrians and children crossing the road.

Q: Am I okay to park on zigzag markings if I am only there a few minutes?
A: No, under no circumstances should you park on zig zag markings at any time, these are there to protect school entrances and leave a clear view of the street for pedestrians.

Don’t Forget…
Congestion around schools is one of the main reasons given for dangerous
parking and there are other ways you could do the school run…

Have you considered…

Walking or cycling to school instead? This is a great way to contribute to a child’s 60 minutes of activity a day and is easy to incorporate into your daily routine. Try it once a week at first and see how easy it can be.

Parking nearby or getting off the bus two stops earlier and walking the rest of the way. If you live too far away to walk or need your car for your commute to work you can still walk part of the way. Doing this everyday could add up to an adult’s recommended 30 minutes of moderate exercise, 5 times a week.

 Car Sharing is a great way to reduce congestion and save you pennies. Team up with other parents or carers who live nearby- share the cost and halve the hassle.

Park and Stride details of our own scheme for the Summer Term to follow.

Zig zag lines

23rd March 2017
Category: Whole School