For many years, the delivery and collection traffic around the Michaelschule in the district of Bickern has been increasing and many drivers do not obey the traffic rules: parking is prohibited, excessive speed in the streets around the Michaelschule. Parents, the municipal security service, and the staff repeatedly asked individual parents about the wrongdoing, but only a few parents changed their behavior.
A project group headed by parent representative Oliver Schomaker is now trying to find a long-term solution to the situation and in doing so they discover the "traffic tamers", a program by Angela Baker-Price, which is published by the NRW mobility network. The aim is a permanent change in behavior among all those involved.
In the first step, with the support of the Wanne-Eickel traffic watch, all children were given a reflective safety vest, so that they can be seen by all road users, especially in the darker half of the year. They should wear the vests and come to the school gates without a car. To motivate the children to wear the vests, each child collects a star for their class when they wear the safety vests. If the number of stars collected is set, a joint reward is given, which the children can determine themselves.
In the first week, this is already implemented by most of the children: of the current 413 students, over 360 children wore their vests on Thursday (24.9.2020) and came to school on foot.
Further promotions for the current school year
Little traffic tamers are supposed to tame the dangerous dragon cars by walking their way to school. Big traffic tamers should increasingly abandon their cars. Interested parents are also trained by the police so that they can support all children on their way to school.
In the main phase, a project week is to take place this school year, which deals with further ideas and possibilities for mobility education.
The children are increasingly moving independently and safely in traffic. The environment is protected as not as many car exhaust fumes are emitted. The neighbors of the Michaelschule can also drive the streets more easily at the start of school.
All children who move before the start of the class have a big advantage because they arrive at school more alert. The first need for communication and exercise is satisfied by the way to school and these children can get involved in learning much better.