Today, Friday September 23, all kinds of activities were organized in GBS De Vlindertuin in Herzele on the occasion of the 16th Strap Day.
The strap day is the annual car-free school day in Flanders and Brussels that traditionally takes place on Friday during Mobility Week. On this day, thousands of students walk and kick to school. The car stays on the side of the road, resulting in a pleasant, quiet school environment.
“It doesn’t stop with this one day, but it’s important to keep it up for the rest of the school year,” says Els De Durpel, the director of GBS De Vlindertuin. “Today we made an appeal for everyone to come to school by bicycle and in fluorescent lights. On this day there was also a bicycle pool from the four cardinal directions of our school. Thus Master Pepijn was waiting for the children at St Anthony’s Chapel in Burst. Master Andres stood at the Roman at the top of the Balei in Sint-Lievens-Houtem. Master Sven was standing at the church in Hillegem and headmistress Els De Durpel was ready at the station in Herzele, to guide the children safely from there to our school. Many parents were also present, which provided extra safety. All kinds of courses were set up on the playground and on the cycling track, a traffic memory was also played in the classes and/or a large traffic quiz was made. The children were also able to take a pedestrian exam. In the afternoon there was a long walk through Borsbeke. We left at 1.30 pm, parents were also welcome here. We ended the day at 3 p.m. with our Strap Song.”