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Safety in Our Community

Posted at 10:43 am on 16th May, 2019

Students Raise Awareness about Bike Safety

Wellacre’s co-curricular Justice League aims to raise awareness in school and the local community on issues important to them.  As active citizens, they are committed to campaigning on ideas for change. We are proud to share this ‘Safety in our Community’ article prepared by Year 10 students, Kaysch, Jamie, Marc and Nathan, which highlights the Justice League’s ongoing campaign.

 

Safety in Our Community

Does your child walk or cycle to school? We believe that there are many dangers facing Wellacre students every day as they arrive and leave school, due to the number of cars in the area.  Students at St Monica’s, Acre Hall and Delamere are also at risk. There are obvious dangers caused by accidents when Irlam Road is so busy at pick up and drop off times. We need to reduce the number of cars which pose a risk to all.  Unfortunately we have students who have been injured due to the volume of traffic. Added to this we are all at risk of a silent killer, air pollution. Cars release deadly CO2 into the atmosphere and when the volume of cars increase the amount of pollution increases.

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Did You Know?

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*  ¼ of all cyclists injured or killed are children.

*  ¼ of all children hit by a car don’t survive.

*  If you are hit by a car travelling at 30mph you have a 50% chance of surviving.

*  Air pollution  can affect our health in the following ways:

           - Cardiovascular problems

           - Skin and lung cancer

           - Asthma attacks

           - Mental development of babies

           - Stunts the growth of a child’s lungs by 5%

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What Can We Do?

As a school we believe we cannot sit back and allow this to happen on our doorstep so we are beginning to work with local schools, our local Councillors and our MP, Kate Green. We have met and discussed the ideas we have to improve the situation.  We are currently planning activities to highlight the issues and come up with realistic solutions to help improve our community. Watch this space …