ACT Policing is urging motorists to be mindful of the large number of kids that will be riding their bikes to school on Friday as part of the Avanti RideSafe to School Day.
Thousands of kids throughout the ACT will participate in the program that encourages children to ride their bikes to school.
Officer-in-Charge of Traffic Operations Sergeant Rod Anderson said that it was a timely reminder for motorists to exercise caution around schools zones.
“There will be more children riding to and from school on Friday so it’s important that drivers slow down, take care and remain vigilant around school zones to ensure the safety of our children,” Sergeant Anderson said.
“The 40km/h speed limit is important in school zones because it gives motorists extra time to stop in an unexpected situation.”
“Children are our most vulnerable road users because their unpredictability exposes them to the highest risk when around traffic. With that in mind drivers should be extra cautious around school zones.”
Sergeant Anderson also urged parents to ensure their children are aware of the road rules and the importance of wearing a bicycle helmet.
Police will be enforcing the speed limit in school zones between 8am and 4pm on weekdays to ensure the safety of schoolchildren.