Last week we had a brilliant visit from Warrington Borough Council to educate our pupils about road safety especially when cycling. Here at Penketh High School we have a high percentage of pupils that cycle to school, so it is important that everyone knows the importance of road safety, even more so with the dark winter nights coming.
It was very kind of Lesley and Colin to provide our pupils with free bike lights both for the front and back of their bikes. As a legal requirement we asked and ask that our pupils put their lights on their bikes as soon as possible.
Lesley then attended some of our classes showing a PowerPoint to home in on the importance about being safe when out and about. Not only were all pupils getting involved with answering questions, showing their understanding, they were able to see different types of bike locks, different lighting options and fluorescent bags/clothing and why you need to wear a helmet.
A video was shown, clearly demonstrating what not to do near roads and the lasting impact that can occur if you aren’t aware of your surroundings when on or near the roads.
Bikes can also be tagged by the police that add another level of protection against stolen bikes, this has a unique code that when scanned is crucial for police to help track if stolen, this was a very useful idea that many pupils are interested in. Going forward our staff will be looking into a group session that the council can come back to then tag all our pupils’ bikes.
Andy Carter the local MP also joined us through the presentation.
We thank everyone involved for coming in to help support our pupils to be as safe as they can be when on their bikes, as a pedestrian and just generating much more awareness of being safe but also the harsh realities that can occur when you aren’t paying attention.
It’s essential for all our pupils to have this knowledge, thank you again Warrington Borough Council.