Road safety is very important as we all need to know how to behave safely as drivers, pedestrians or travelers. Once we knew about the project, we got together and discussed about the possible project ideas. Since everybody is using the road in front of the school, we agreed to do something related with it.
In this Project, we tried to eliminate any possible traffic problems in front of our school. In order to come up with a plan, we made observations to analyze what the problem really is. At the dismissal time, we went out to count the cars and the students to see how big the problem is and also we counted how many times the tramway passed by within 30 min. In addition to that, we wanted to hear from our parents as well. We prepared a little survey for the parents to see the problems from their eyes. According to the survey, most of the parents were complaining about the pedestrian crosswalk lines because it was too old and barely visible from the cars passing by. We also had couple of meetings with the local authorities to get their suggestions. They recommended that we take the training about road safety that the county offers. We went to the road safety training center and attend one hour information session about the road safety rules and regulations.
After collecting all the necessary data in order to identify the problem, we got together and discussed about our action plan. We agreed on these solutions.
- Pedestrian cross walk needs to be repainted since it was almost invisible - We got help from local authorities to paint it.
- Training students on road safety rules - After receiving a training on road safety we decided to share it with other learners and we contacted kindergartens, elementary and middle schools, proposing a road safety education class. We got some positive answers and in total we could reach 250 students (50 children in kindergarten, 100 students from elementary school and 100 students from middle school).
We did a lot of meetings to prepare our actions, we worked really hard and put a lot of effort into it. And it was worthwhile!