Students promote safety around major road project

Artwork by Maungatapu School students

November 9 2016. Students are creating safety messages for a new pedestrian bridge that is part of a local roading project.

A dramatic pohutakawa-red pedestrian bridge will help Tauranga students get to and from school, and they are already spreading the word about its safe use.

Maungatapu School is close to the Hairini Link, a major road project designed to separate local traffic from state highway traffic. The NZ Transport Agency and Tauranga City Council are overseeing the work which involves building a new underpass road beneath the Maungatapu Roundabout.

The pedestrian bridge is part of the project. Students from the school are working on getting the message out about using their new bridge safely. Their work includes a banner for the upcoming Orange Day Parade in the city, which celebrates all students who contribute toward active travel and road safety, such as school patrol members.

Here’s more from the school:

This year the theme for our banner focuses on the new development at the Maungatapu Underpass. Since this directly involves our school and community, the students felt that we needed to get some safety messages out there for all to hear.

The use of the newly opened dual-way pedestrian bridge became an important access to and from school and to get around the community

As it takes people over the top of busy traffic, we need to be aware of how we travel, who is travelling with us and where we are travelling to allow users to be safe at all times. Our focus then was to get the message out:

Let's Share The Way in Safe Ways - sharing the bridge with a variety of people of all ages and abilities is an important safety message for all. The image above is of the bridge and different 'feet' and 'vehicles' that would travel across it.

The jingle that was written to accompany this banner was created and sung by three boys who are Road Patrollers. This has been entered into the Travel Safe Jingle Competition.

Maungatapu School Road Patrollers 2016

Note: The jingle won the primary school category with the school winning a $500 voucher and a morning tea for the student group. The jingle competition ran in Tauranga and Western Bay of Plenty.

More information

Full project information is here:

Hairini Link project overview