It is scary to think that I have been a “school run mum” for the last 18 years. I have been the mum who walks their kids to school, been the mum that drops them at Breakfast Club so I get to work on time and the mum that has to drive them to school and then head straight off to work, but one thing I am sure of is that I always get the kids to school on time and safely.
We currently walk / scoot to school as it would be ridiculous taking the car as we live less than a 10 minute walk from the school, but I am increasing nervous of our safety on this walk, despite having a Lollipop lady (or Lady Pop as we call her) to guide us safely across the road.
We live in a semi-rural location and very often cars use the road we have to cross as a rat-run and cut through our estate to save all of 2 minutes on their journey. There have been many occasions when even the Lollipop lady has gone a little white as they speed up and down the road.
My main worry though is, and I hate to say it, other parents of children that attend our Primary School.
Last week, one mum drove into the school gates, and out again, whilst visibly texting on her mobile phone. If a child had run into the road, which has happened before, she would never have stopped in time.
Yesterday, the kids were scooting as normal and Eliza was knocked clean off her scooter when another parent opened the door without looking. Thankfully she had just a grazed knee and dented pride, but it could have been so much worse.
Then there are the ones that cannot park! Our school carpark is oblong shaped and parents can park pretty much all around it, although some areas have had to be coned off as parking there causes blockages. I have seen cars bumping up onto the pavement, narrowly missing walking children, cars parking alongside the cones causing blind spots and even those that just stop in the middle of the road and literally kick the kids out of the car.
There is one road into and out of the school and cars park both sides which causes its own problems and last year there was a head-on accident as neither car would get out of each others way.
My final gripe is one I am fighting the local council to change. We have a single yellow line that stops people parking in the area where the Lollipop lady patrols but after 4pm parking is allowed. Our new headteacher has started running lots of after-school clubs for the kids which run from 3.30-4.30pm which are fabulous, however, we have a great big transit van that parks on this single yellow line without fail at 4pm everyday and with all the will in the world, you cannot see to cross the road and oncoming cars cannot see if anyone is trying to cross the road.
Please, if you drive to school, do it safely!