A Reigate primary school student has won a competition after designing a road safety banner.
Ryan, a Year 4 pupil at Reigate St Mary’s prep school, created the artwork as part of “R&B Kids Safe”, a contest run by Reigate & Banstead Borough Council and Sustrans to promote road safety outside school gates and healthier ways of travelling.
Over 800 children took part in the initiative, which included a lesson about safe driving and parking around schools – a message for them to pass on to the grown-ups who drop them off.
The children were then asked to design a banner that promoted low speeds and safe parking outside their school.
Ryan said of his banner, which was printed off and given to the school in time for BRAKE road safety week:
“I’m really happy because I have achieved lots of in art competitions before, but this is my biggest prize yet!”
An entry from Woodfield School, Redhill, took second place, while third place went to an entry from Walton on the Hill Primary School.
Cllr Graham Knight, the council’s executive member for community safety, said:
“We’re delighted that so many students have taken part in such a vital lesson and the competition entries were outstanding.
We’re always working to highlight sensible driving and safe parking around schools within Reigate & Banstead and encouraging the children to spread the message is just one way to hope that it hits home.
It was a very tough choice when deciding the winner and it did take some time. However, I’d like to congratulate Ryan on his winning entry. The design used bright colours and had an impressive graphic flare, which the panel loved.
I’d like to thank those students who participated and their teachers for making the time to deliver the R&B Kids Safe lesson.”
“Bike It” officer for Sustrans, Lal Chatfield, commented on the healthy travelling aspect of the initiative:
“Traffic congestion around schools is endangering children’s lives with the risk of accidents but also with the increase of air pollution.
Choosing active travel to school is a great solution to combat these risks, it makes physical activity part of children’s daily routines, prepares them for learning plus it’s fun and sociable.”