Charlotte helps to design road safety mural

A 10 year old girl of Philippino origin painted a road safety mural charlote3.jpg16 December 2008. Charlotte Baldevarona, 10, from Our Lady of Lourdes primary school in Brent is at the forefront of road safety by being part of a group of children who helped design and paint a road safety mural.

Charlotte said: ‘I really really enjoyed the spray painting that was the best part we got to dress up in suits. I also enjoyed it in the beginning when we designed the posters’

The mural provided a focus for children to bring forward their ideas about road safety and put them on paper. And it is displayed where it matters most – overlooking a busy main road very close to the North Circular Road in London .

The initiative to design a mural came from school travel plans that were used to identify that the road leading up to the school was narrow and the parents parking on this road presented a road safety issue.

Anna Thompson, Assistant Head, said: ‘They produced some fanatastic things we’re really really thrilled’.

The Road safety mural which was jointly funded by Transport for London (TfL) and Brent council was officially opened by the Mayor of Brent on Friday at Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School.

Pupils from Stonebridge Primary School, The BETS Primary Unit and Our Lady of Lourdes RC Primary School all contributed towards the mural.

Stonebridge was chosen by the council as Brent has the highest number of road accidents involving people from local ethinic communities.
Our Lady of Lourdes primary school has five road safety officers who are charged with teaching their peers about road safety.

A TfL spokesperson said: ‘ TfL is committed to improving road safety in the Capital. We use a wide range of measures to make the road safer, including engineering, enforcement and education. That is why during the past decade the number of people killed and seriously injured has fallen by 43 per cent, and the number of children has fallen by 65 per cent.’

TfL has also funded six other boroughs to help raise awareness of road injuries and inequality.

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