MORE than 150 primary school students participated in a travel initiative that provided lessons on safe public transport and an insight into Limerick city.
The first class pupils from St Brigid’s national school, St Patrick’s girls and boys schools and Maria King Presentation national school got involved in the annual, multinational European Mobility Week, with a group of Limerick-based organisations.
Bus Eireann, Limerick Smarter Travel, An Taisce’s Green-Schools Travel Programme and Henry Street Community Garda unit were the organisations that got involved in this year’s initiative.
According to Green Schools travel officer, Ellen O’Sullivan, the route taken incorporated as many of Limerick’s areas “as possible”, which was curated by a Bus Eireann inspector. A community garda followed with a speech on safe bus journeys, which also generated interest, she said.
Ms O’Sullivan said sustainable travel was the key issue for European Mobility Week, which took place between September 16 and 21.
“This year Limerick raised the standard for sustainable travel education by providing students with real experiences with real members of their community,” she said.
“Bus Eireann Limerick pulled out all the stops to make this workshop happen. Thanks to their dedicated support, 150 students know a lot more about Bus Eireann city bus services and the options available to them,” Limerick Smarter Travel’s Siobhan O’Dwyer said.
Ms O’Sullivan added that they hope to get the fire service and the post service involved in next year’s European Mobility Week.