Geraardsbergen. For the police of Geraardsbergen/Lierde, the road safety of students is a permanent focus. ‘A safe school environment is a priority’, says the Geraardsbergen/Lierde police. Road safety is of course a shared responsibility. That is why the police give a number of tips. In the month of September, the police will carry out checks around the schools.
‘The school environment must be a safe place for children. This must be strived for, especially around the times when the school starts and ends’, says the Geraardsbergen/Lierde police. A safe school environment is a priority for the police. The police of Geraardsbergen/Lierde will therefore regularly check the school environments in September.
‘Attention will mainly be on the behavior of car drivers towards cyclists and pedestrians, whereby speed will be monitored at the school gates, keeping a sufficient distance, wearing seat belts, the use of child seats and parking behavior when exiting. – or boarding the children. Cyclists must ensure that they come to school with a bicycle that is in order, with the necessary lighting and reflectors’, the police said.
Road safety is a shared responsibility. That is why the police gives a number of tips.
You take your child to school by car:
Have your child get in and out on the side of the footpath. Park some distance from the school gate and let your child continue on the footpath on the same side.
Always teach your child to wear the seat belt. Learned young is done old!
Park your car in accordance with regulations, ie not in front of the school gate, not on the footpath, not at the broken yellow line, etc.
Your child goes to school on foot or by bicycle:
Teach your children that it is important that they be seen. Just because they see a car coming doesn’t mean the driver saw them.
Choose colorful clothes so that your child stands out in traffic. Clear jackets with reflective strips are especially ideal for winter
Carefully consider whether your child can already walk or cycle to school independently. If necessary, practice the route that your child will follow alone.
Make sure your child’s bicycle is legally in order, check this regularly.
Leave the smartphone in your child’s backpack and not in the jacket pocket
‘Be sure to check out the School route map of the city of Geraardsbergen. This provides, among other things, an overview of the safe and avoidable cycling routes to the schools and indicates the safest roads! AND.. it’s completely free! You can obtain them at the reception of the administrative center (AC) or consult them digitally’, concludes the police.
‘We ask that everyone remains aware of the importance of road safety! And don’t forget: you set a good example in traffic yourself!’
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