Welcome to Frog Marsh - a fun approach to road safety
The important role played by pupils at Bannerman Road Community Academy in improving their neighbourhood has been highlighted in a video animation.
After a road near their school in Easton was closed to traffic, the children worked with an artist to turn it into a safe space where they could play and the community could gather.
The area, named Frog Marsh by the children, includes improved lighting and signage, a ‘museum of bollards’ – different bollards all painted the same colour – and a large coloured road surface. It has been used extensively by local groups as well as by the school.
The artist, Bahbak Hashemi-Nezhad, said “The space can be supervised by teachers but also give the students a sense that they are now in the public realm and they have a different set of responsibilities.”
Lucy Badrocke, from the Friends of Bannerman group which successfully sought funding from the Road Safety Trust for the project, said it was helping children understand their role in the community.
Sustainable transport charity Sustrans said: “The changes to this junction have created a safer space for children, families, and residents to walk and cycle through. Frog Marsh has eliminated a local rat run, reduced traffic speeds, and increased space for play near the school.”
Find out more at frogmarsheaston.com.
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