Jens Erik Larsen, 1st of April 2019.
It ‘s 8 o´clock in the morning in the small town of Corella and the sun is shining. From many different directions the pupils are walking to school, some wait for each other at a corner and walk together, slowly – muy tranquilo – to reach the school – el Instituto – before 8.20 when a terrible sound like a fire alarm indicate that it is time to be there.
Few pupils and teachers arrive by bike and park nearby the entrance. Some from other villages arrive by school bus and some parents bring their children by car and stop immediately in front of the entrance to the school.
Fortunately the road has only one direction for cars and has a two-direction bike lane painted blue. It is on the opposite side of the road to the school. It’s marked with zebra crossing. The only problem is that this point could be more visible and not covered by obstacles, so I propose:
- Move the containers for garbage 30 m more away from the crossing
- Move away the parking possibility on the other side some 20-30 m (photo beneath)
- Repaint the crossing
- Do not allow the school busses to park on both sides, only opposite the school
- Do not allow cars to stop in the middle of the road to put off the pupils
As I mentioned, it looks fine that the pupils walk to school, but you could consider some campaigns to make more use of the bike. The advantage for the pupils would be that they could maybe sleep 10 minutes more – or prepare their lessons! Besides, they could carry their bags on the bikes and they could do some shopping for their parents on their way home and they could cycle to other activities for leisure and for fitness.