Netherland sees success on car-free school day
About half a million parents took their children to school on foot or by bike on Thursday.The Netherlands – Half a million Dutch parents took their children to school on foot or by bike on car-free school day on Thursday.
The car-free school day, declared by Dutch traffic safety organisation VVN, saw parents who usually sent their children to school by car leave their vehicles at home.
The proposal is the one of measures in VNN’s campaign in setting up car-free zones around all primary schools.
Traffic around schools has been increasing over the years as more parents are sending their children to school by car.
The average age of children who can go to school independently is 8.5 years, one year higher than 30 year ago. Many parents cite road safety as a reason for not allowing their children to go to school by themselves.
Meanwhile, in Laag-Soeren, near the city of Arnhem, a man crashed his car into the barrier when driving in the neighbourhood of a school.
The man, who narrowly missed a traffic attendant, was dragged out of his car by angry bystanders. The man was beaten up and the windscreen of his car was smashed.
The barrier had been set up to fence off a road to allow parents and children to protest at the intense traffic near the school.
Radio Netherlands / Expatica