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26/06/2017

Beep Beep! Day promotes children’s road safety

On Friday 23rd June, staff at McGee visited Sir John Cass’s Foundation Primary School in the City of London to deliver a “Beep Beep! Day”.  The event, which was delivered in partnership with City of London Corporation Road Safety team, was designed to promote children’s road safety in the Square Mile.

240 primary children learnt about crucial road safety themes including the Green Cross Code and the dangers of speeding drivers – with a little help from special guest Zak, the road safety zebra.

In-classroom lessons and interactive activities were delivered by McGee to further develop road safety awareness amongst the children.  Whilst outside activities gave the children the chance to sit in McGee’s liveried road safety truck to see the view from the driver’s perspective and learn more about HGV blind spots. The day concluded with each pupil receiving a McGee high visibility PE bag or vest to take home.

The Beep Beep! Day was part of a UK-wide initiative by Brake, the road safety charity, and Churchill Car Insurance that involves hundreds of nurseries, playgroups and infant schools each year.

Chris Hayward, Chairman of the Planning and Transportation Committee said:

“We are committed to ensuring that everyone – school children, workers, visitors and residents – are able to enjoy busy City streets.

“Safety is at the heart of our transport planning. This is evident through the redesigning of dangerous junctions in the City such as at Aldgate Gyratory and Bank junction and I am pleased that we are making good ground here.

“We are delighted to have the support of businesses and stakeholders such as McGee, Brake and Churchill who all want to see a safer City now and in the future.”

Mike Bristow, Corporate Fundraising Officer at Brake, said:

“Brake is delighted that McGee took the time out to visit Sir John Cass’s Primary and run a Beep Beep! Day to help promote the vital importance of children’s road safety. Beep Beep! Days are a fun way to teach the road safety basics to kids, and raise awareness among parents and the wider community about adults’ responsibilities to do everything they can to protect children. We urge local drivers to do their bit too in making streets in the area more family-friendly, by keeping to 20mph and below around homes, schools and shops.”