Leeds children design winning signs

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Schoolchildren have drawn up winning signs to remind drivers to obey 20mph speed limits within a multi-million pounds scheme.

Youngsters from 17 primary schools in Leeds and Bradford took part in the competition to design signs for the zones which are being introduced along the CityConnect corridor.

The £29.2m CityConnect scheme will see canal towpath upgrades between Kirkstall and Shipley, better cycle routes in Leeds city centre, more cycle parking in Leeds and Bradford and a series of 20mph connecting zones in addition to the 23km cycle-way.

The signs, which feature drawings and artwork by the children, aim to humanise the reasons for the reduction in speed.

Councillor Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council executive member for regeneration, transport and planning, said: “The 20 miles per hour zones being introduced along the superhighway and in communities across Leeds are proven to be effective in reducing the number and severity of incidents on our roads, so I look forward to seeing the fantastic winning designs turned into eye-catching signs to help keep people safe.”

The winning designs from each school will be used in the new 20mph zones close to each of the schools.

Children from the following schools took part: Pudsey Primrose Hill Primary, Rosebank Primary, Stanningley Primary School, St Theresa’s Primary, Greenhill Primary School, Summerfield Primary, St Joseph’s Primary, Christ the King Primary, Christ Church CofE Upper Armley Primary, Castleton Primary, Parklands Primary and Bolton Royd Primary.

A CityConnect team spokesman said: “The 23km cycle superhighway connecting Leeds and Bradford will provide a safe access by bike for thousands of pupils which is a more fun and healthy way to get to and from school.”