The winners of a competition – which asked school children in Croydon to think about how visible they are to traffic during the winter months – have been presented with their prizes.
‘Brighten Your Bag’ is organised annually by Croydon Council’s road safety team, in partnership with Brightkidz – a social enterprise that produces resources to help promote walking, cycling and road safety.
The competition, which is designed to help schools promote road safety messages relating to conspicuity, challenges pupils to design a ‘bright bag’ using hi-vis materials.
Now in its third year, the competition runs in the autumn of each year. Entries are judged and shortlisted by the council’s road safety team and the winners selected by Brightkidz.
This year’s winners were recently presented with their prizes including scooters, hi-vis rucksacks and waistcoats, and book tokens.
Rebecca Rolfe, from Whitehorse Manor Infants School, said: “With the short winter days, many of our children travel to and from school in the dark. We strive to keep our pupils safe and visible during their journeys.
“By taking part in Brighten Your Bag, our hope was to promote road safety and highway awareness in a fun and exciting way.
“Our children loved taking part in the competition and are already talking about their bag designs for next year.”
Brightkidz is hoping the success of the competition in Croydon will inspire more local authorities to participate in the future.