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New mural for Reservoir kinder to put the brakes on speeding

19 Dec 2011

Darebin Childcare and Kindergarten (Reservoir) and NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE) have teamed up to test out some interesting research from Europe that suggests child-like images encourage motorists to slow down.

The childcare centre approached NMIT's Illustration (Higher Education) department after it became concerned about drivers speeding past the centre on Kenilworth Street, Reservoir.

“Drivers exit off High Street on to Kenilworth Street at high speed,” says Centre Committee member, Jenni Montgomery. “Parents often have to park on the opposite side of the road to drop off and collect their children. Many families have several children at the Centre, so crossing the road with babies, toddlers and/or small children (and all their bags) can be very dangerous as many drivers are going very fast and not paying attention. We are extremely concerned that one day a child will be hit by a car.

“We discovered that research overseas has shown that visual images which show children playing and crossing roads are very effective in slowing traffic. Most drivers consciously or unconsciously slow down when they see images of children.”

Jenni then contacted Dr Colleen Morris, Head of NMIT's Creative Arts department, which delivers the Institute's Bachelor of Illustration program.

“The staff and students at NMIT have been fantastic in helping us achieve our goal of creating a colourful mural for our front fence,” said Ms Montgomery. “They listened to what we were trying to achieve with the mural ... drawing attention to the fact that children are around. They came up with a design which was eye catching as well as giving our kids some good messages about safety.”

“We have already begun discussing with Dr Morris another mural for our Preston Centre next year.”


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