Round 2 of Safe Routes to School sees 5 more Limerick school to benefit from safety improvements
Crescent College in Dooradoyle, St. Patrick’s GNS on Dublin Road, Lisnagry National School, Hazelwood College in Dromcollogher and Caherconlish National School are further 5 schools in Limerick selected in Round 2 of Safe Routes to School scheme.
Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Hildegarde Naughton TD and the National Transport Authority today announced that 108 schools will be included in the Round 2 of Safe Routes to School Programme.
I would like to see more Limerick schools included in Safe Routes to School Programme. 9 schools were included in the first round and 5 in the second round. The expansion of the scheme is limited to the schools who entered the expressions of interest process in 2021.
The launch of the scheme at An Mhodscoil in Limerick was warmly welcomed and as we see the positive reception to the developments and improvements to road safety around the country, the ministers should consider opening the scheme to those schools who missed the deadline for the expressions of interest process back in 2021.
Dangerous motorist behaviour is a barrier to kids walking and cycling to school. If it’s not safe or perceived to be safe, parents won’t let their children walk or cycle. They’ll drive them and this reinforces the problem. More parents driving gives rise to more safety issues and fewer and fewer children will walk and cycle.
Being able to walk and cycle to school not only cuts down on the traffic and emissions, but also gives young people new independence and a healthy way to get around and explore their community. We know that kids who get to school under their own steam are healthier and more alert for the school day. More and more kids want to walk or cycle to school and we need to make our roads and streets safe to do so. I am delighted to see the SRTS initiative grow bigger as it will help combat child obesity, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reduce the traffic on our roads.