A Flash Mob gathered at the entrance of Harwood Elementary School next to the new bike friendly block of 20th Street Friday evening. The group gathered by foot

A Flash Mob gathered at the entrance of Harwood Elementary School next to the new bike friendly block of 20th Street Friday evening. The group gathered by foot

Bike lanes praised

A Vernon school has learned a lesson on road safety.

A Vernon school has learned a lesson on road safety.

Parents, teachers, students and neighbours gathered recently at Harwood Elementary School to celebrate improvements to roads and sidewalks around the area.

“Parents, Holly Rakos and Melony Young thanked the city for keeping their kids safe travelling to and from Harwood and other schools,” said Bill Darnell, with the Climate Action Group.

“Principal Bryan Smith told the assembled group that many more students were walking and riding their bikes to school and that students and neighbours were keeping the street beautiful.”

Wendy Majewski, the city’s traffic demand management co-ordinator, spoke about the co-operative work by parents, students and staff to design the new streetscape.

Darnell acknowledges that the traffic changes near Harwood school were not easy for everyone in a car culture.

“We were going to have to work together to build a climate friendly transportation system,” he said.