I remember when we lived up North in a little village called Madeley and I would take Jadyn to school, we would always be greeted by the Lollipop man or a Lollipopper who would chat with us or call out a cheery hello and of course stop the cars for us to cross.
The walk to school was also pleasant – down little country lanes and fresh air.
Now, I miss that.
The children’s school does have a pedestrian crossing in front of it but there’s no cheery person saying hello. It’s all pretty mundane. And knowing the London traffic and the weather – a walk to school is pretty grim.
I have to wait till all the traffic has stopped to allow us to go because even with the pedestrian crossing, some cars tend not to stop. This really gets my goat especially when it’s one that is outside a school. There are many children who walk to school by themselves in Year 5 and 6 and this can be a source of anxiety for parents. There are also school riding scooters and bicycles and a car not stopping can be pretty dangerous.
I am happy to be involved in the campaign with Churchill as through the Churchill Lollipoppers Fund, they are looking to fund 50 schools to have their own Lollipopper. I have nominated my children’s school. I think it’s a necessity. I’m certainly hoping we get the necessary funds.
If you think that your children’s school or your school (if you are staff), needs a Lollipopper all you need to do is nominate your school here – https://www.churchill.com/lollipoppers
Here’s some more information about the research carried by Churchill –
* 95 per cent of parents and 88 per cent of children (aged 5 – 11) feel safer knowing there is a Lollipopper present on their route to school
* 91 per cent of parents see a Lollipopper as being safer than a zebra or pedestrian crossing
* Following UK legislation in 2000 stating that lollipoppers were no longer a legal requirement for schools, an increasing number of the iconic lollipop men and women have been taken off the road in recent years. One-third (32 per cent) of parents went on to reveal that a lollipopper had recently been removed from their local area with a further 61 per cent stating no crossing alternative had been put in place.
Michael Bristow, from road safety charity, Brake, : “With the highest rates of child pedestrian casualties in the UK occurring during the school run, the provision of a safe road crossing at schools plays a key part in our work. With a decreasing number of lollipop men and women on the roads, the safety and lives of children are being put at risk as other school crossing alternatives don’t offer the same level of vigilance and care.”
Don’t forget to nominate your school in the link above if you think your school needs a Lollipopper!
And as for my children’s school – do we need a Lollipopper? Oh -YES!
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