Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Path to success for Portobello School

Path to success for Portobello School

Dunedin (Friday, 26 October 2012) - Children at Portobello School are now a whole lot safer as they head in and out of school, thanks to a joint initiative by DCC Transportation Operations, the school and the local community.

In mid-winter last year Portobello School was having problems with road safety in both its car parks, so principal Shelley Wilde and Board of Trustees Chairperson Roseanne Price set up a meeting with DCC Transportation Operations and invited members of the community board, church, Playcentre and toy library along.

DCC Safe and Sustainable Transport Co-ordinator, Charlotte Flaherty, says after some brainstorming they realised that by redesignating staff parking to the upper park, not only would more parking spaces be released for parents but there would be much less mixing of pedestrian and vehicular traffic on the narrow track linking Harington Point Road to the upper park.

“Our staff went away and drew up some options for the car park, while school children researched the number of drivers using the lower car park area and the number of pedestrians and cyclists using both the upper and lower area for school-related trips.

“The Playcentre, meanwhile, researched the number of drivers, pedestrians and cyclists using the upper area for Playcentre activities.”

Once all the information was analysed the school decided to create a new path, so children no longer had to dodge reversing cars as they walked the length of the lower car park to use the school bus or to alight from or enter private vehicles. A team, led by Board of Trustees’ member Brendon Cross, created this footpath at the back of the car park, meaning children are now completely separated from cars as they walk to meet their parents.

The school also arranged for the children to wear high viz vests which improved safety as they walked through the town.

“We are extremely impressed with the work the school team has done,” says Ms Flaherty. “The pathway is well-used by the children and keeps them out of harm's way.”

A walking map has also been produced for the school by Sport Otago in conjunction with the school’s Police Education Officer and transportation engineers.

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>

ALSO:

More Justice & Corrections

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news