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‘HELMETS are there for a reason, use them whatever the season' is the new slogan for a North Lanarkshire Council led cycling safety campaign, aimed at the authority’s school children.
The new slogan is part of the council’s cycling safety campaign following a local authority competition amongst the area’s Junior Road Safety Officers, with participants having to design a slogan that promoted the importance of safer cycling among primary school children.
Hannah Turner from Calderbridge Primary School in Wishaw came up with the winning slogan - 'Helmets are there for a reason, use them whatever the season'.
Runners up were: Cara McConville from Our Lady and St Francis Primary in Motherwell - 'Don't be a fool, ride safely to school'; and Courtney Rogerson from St David's Primary, Plains - 'Cycle fast cycle slow, wear a helmet as you go'.
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"With better weather on the way, more pupils will be cycling to school which boosts their fitness and reduces traffic on the roads around schools," explains Councillor James Coyle, Convener of the Planning and Transportation Committee.
"However, it's important that children know how to ride their bikes safely. The council offers Bikability 1 cycle training to all primary schools as well as providing bike racks and promoting safe routes to and from schools. Through our Junior Road Safety Officers we also educate children about the potential dangers on the roads and how to stay safe.
"The slogan campaign is an excellent way to get the safety message across in a way that's fun and comes direct from pupils themselves. Thank you to everyone who took part and congratulations to the winners on their first class ideas."
The three winners were presented with a gift voucher and a framed certificate from the council's Road Safety Team.
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