More than 2,000 schoolchildren chanted and waved banners as they took to the streets in a march against dangerous drivers this morning.
Pupils from Mill Hill, Hendon, Cricklewood, Edgware and North Finchley were among tens of thousands of youngsters across the UK who took part in the Kids Say Slow Down campaign.
Hmm, I’ll bear this in mind the next time people are complaining that the striking teachers are putting their kids’ education at risk, and so the government should give in to them…
Teacher Sarah Glackin walked with 360 pupils.She said: “Drivers often use Hale Drive as a cut-through and it causes congestion in the mornings and afternoons when the children are trying to cross the roads, making it very dangerous.
“We want to encourage children and their parents to walk to school and Deansbrook promotes a park-and-ride scheme where parents park a few hundred metres away from the school and walk the rest of the way, whatever the weather. ”
OK, we’ll skip through the absurd notion that congestion (which makes cars slower, often a LOT slower than even 20mph) is somehow making it more dangerous for the kiddiewinks. Who, if they cross sensibly at approved crossings aren’t in much danger anyway.
But what I want to know is this: If parents and children want to get wet, all well and good. But why they hell should they have to get wet (or trudge through snow and ice in winter) to make you happy, you insufferable little prig?
What do you do to the ones who refuse your ‘encouragement’, I wonder?
Headteacher, Simon Putman, added: “If we don’t highlight the need for safety and park-and-ride schemes, how long is it before a child will be seriously hurt?”
Who cares? When was that ever part of your bloody job? Your job is to teach them when they’re there, a feat the educational system manages to be spectacularly useless at, at least when it comes to reading, writing and adding up.
Who, I wonder, is really behind this?
The event was also a chance for UK children to break a world record for the largest “walking bus”, aiming to smash the current record of 119,697 and raise £35,000 for road safety charity Brake, which organised the Kids Say Slow Down march.
Aha! Of course, who else?
Julie Townsend, Brake’s campaigns director, said: “We support families whose children have been killed or maimed on roads, so we know the terrible devastation these tragedies cause.
“You never know when a child might make a mistake and run out. Your slower driving could save their life. At 20mph or lower, you stand a good chance of stopping in time if a child runs out ahead.”
So everything will slow down, and then the likes of ‘Brake’ will be happy and satisfied, I suppose?
Or will they then campaign for 10mph? And then 5mph…?