Pupils learn to be safe on the roads

Ripley Infants School Scoot day.
Ripley Infants School Scoot day.

Ripley youngsters have been scooting safely after taking part in a new scheme to promote safer and healthier ways to travel.

The pupils at Ripley Infants School, on Kirk Close, were trained by members of Derbyshire County Council’s sustainable travel team to use scooters to ride to school. They were taught how to glide, weave and brake on the scooters during the Scoot to School day on Wednesday, April 25.

Ripley Infants School Scoot Day.

Ripley Infants School Scoot Day.

Headteacher Tracy Gannon said the scheme was part of a bigger plan to improve safety after the road outside the school, which is situated in a cul-de-sac, had become heavily congested. She said: “The road has become dangerous. There have been no accidents yet, but we have had some near misses, with people parking on the pavements and not looking when they go to reverse.”

The school contacted Derbyshire County Council for help and Rob Smart, the senior transport officer is helping them to curb the problem. Mrs Gannon said: “We did a road safety survey and questionnaire for the parents and from the results Rob will devise a suitable travel plan.

“We are starting off by teaching the children the main key safety points, which are very important. These are young children aged four to seven and so we must put their safety first. The next step will be to educate the parents and raise more awareness.”

The school is also working with the police to try and get barriers put up outside the venue.

The pupils will also take part in Derbyshire Travel Smart Week from May 21, which will reward them for the way they travel to school.