Ellesmere children draw on artistic skills to keep cyclists safe

Children from Ellesmere Primary School are showing a clear sign they want cyclists to stay safe on their way to lessons.

Plenty of pupils use pedal power to get to school in the morning, sparking a drive to raise awareness about the dangers of the road.

Now the talented youths have taken part in a competition to create a colourful and eye-catching sign reminding everyone to take care.

Year 6 pupil Chloe Lewis was chosen as the winner, and her idea will soon become a reality and displayed at the school’s entrance off Elson Road.

Kelsey Mort is Deputy Headteacher at the school, which is part of North West Academies Trust.

She said: “Many children at Ellesmere Primary School start their school day by cycling to school, and this is something we actively encourage because it is a healthy and environmentally friendly option for them.

“But we want our school be a safe place and, after discussing cycling to school with pupils and parents, it became clear we needed better signage to remind our cyclists to keep safe.

“So we ran a competition and Chloe, a keen cyclist herself, came up with a fantastic sign which we believe will grab the attention of passers-by and make a real difference.

“We also hope this will raise drivers’ awareness about our cyclists, and keep all of our children safe at Ellesmere Primary School.”

The contest was judged by local Police Community Support Officer Tracey Walker. Chloe’s artwork has now been turned into a sign by Ellesmere-based company The Signtist.

PCOS Tracey Walker said: “School drop off is a busy time of day and if people aren’t paying attention it could be potentially dangerous.

“We wanted a bright, colourful and fun way to get an important message across and Chloe’s picture captured the brief perfectly.

“It’s also vital that parents ensure their children are wearing protective helmets and fluorescent items of clothing when cycling.”