CREATING safer and more fluid access to local schools is the main objective of an Adra council works project.
The local authority reported it has already implemented a range of measures under the Adra ‘Caminos Esocolares Seguros’ (Safe school walks) initiative to increase safety for some 3,300 children on their routes to and fro from school.
It has installed more than 70 vertical pedestrian way signs and more than 80 school route signs, along with horizontal footstep markers every 25 metres. There are new circular speed limit signs and eight vertical illuminated signals to improve visibility on some paths
The council has created 20 new pedestrian crossings and a further 100 are being adapted to make them more visible.
The local administration has also installed around a dozen retractable bollards to allow for reordering of traffic at specific times near school entrances and to prevent collapse at dropping off and picking up times, and some 50 reflectors.
The first phase of the €100,000 investment is concentrated on the five schools with the highest numbers of pupils and therefore the greatest difficulties in terms of traffic volume, the council said.
Adra Mayor Manuel Cortes underlined the importance of the measures during a recent visit to some of the works, where he was joined by the Economic Development, Education and Safety and Mobility councillors Carmen B. Lopez, Pedro Peña and Patricia Berenguel.
“Thanks to this project our town is advancing in the promotion of child autonomy and road safety, reinforcing the safety of journeys to school, providing specific signposting and the necessary access measures”, Cortes affirmed.
“These works are going to allow our children go to their respective education centres more safely at the same time as improving traffic flow, and we are making way for more sustainable urban mobility as we are encouraging the use of non-motorised vehicles”, he added.
The Adra ‘Caminos Esocolares Seguros’ (Safe school walks) project comes under the ‘Adra Ciudad 2020’ Sustainable Urban Development Strategy, which is financed 80 per cent by the European Regional Development Fund and 20 per cent by the local council..