IT IS a dilemma facing every parent.
We all want children to be fit and healthy and encouraging them to walk or cycle is perfect for that. But with the volume of traffic around are we unnecessarily risking them being knocked down and injured?
It’s one of many issues considered by Huddersfield road safety charity Brake. And all across the UK yesterday, children marched to raise awareness about road safety and to promote a safer driving campaign.
Youngsters from Hillside Primary School in Newsome were among those who joined a giant walking bus.
They made quite a striking sight, as escorted by staff in high visibility jackets and local community police officers, 80 children made their way to school on foot.
It’s a lesson for all of us. For drivers and for parents.
Yes it would be great if more families felt confident to take their children to school on foot or for older children to do that themselves.
But it’s also good for drivers to be reminded that the areas around schools are busy places and extra care is crucial.
Cut your speed, park sensibly if you are stopping and watch out at all times for people on foot. Common sense really.