Save Our Lollipop People
Our beloved lollipop people, who help children cross the road safely, may soon become a much rarer sight as UK government cuts to road safety budgets begin to bite.
With the latest annual figures showing a 63% increase in the number of children killed or seriously injured while walking to or from school, this is a cut our communities can't afford.
For generations, lollipop men and women have helped children cross the road safely on their way to school, providing a trusted adult presence on our streets. But Living Streets research shows that in 66% of local authority areas the numbers of lollipop people helping children safely across the road has reduced.
A safe passage to school is a child's right and it's a local authority's responsibility to provide it. Join the campaign to make sure that lollipop people are protected. Write to your councillor today.
I am writing to ask you to save our lollipop ladies and men and maintain spending on road safety by the council to enable children to make a safe journey to school.
Research conducted by Living Streets shows that in 66% of local authority areas the numbers of lollipop people helping children safely across the road has reduced. While road safety budgets have been cut in 67% of local authorities.
This is of a concern in the context of the latest figures which highlight a 63% rise over a year in the number of children killed and seriously injured whilst walking to or from school.
Good quality crossings and local lollipop ladies and men are important for all pedestrians and particularly children on their way to and from school. Our local lollipop ladies and men provide an excellent service helping children across my area to cross the road safely supporting them to develop road safety and independence skills. They provide extra eyes and ears on the road to help children lead an active lifestyle.
Lollipop ladies and men have a role to play in encouraging parents to allow their children to walk to school independently.
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Please make sure that lollipop ladies and men are protected so that we can safeguard children's journeys to school.