Youngsters led down right road to safety

Mrs Mollie Harris at Oxgangs with a group of children
Mrs Mollie Harris at Oxgangs with a group of children
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MOLLIE Harris looks like a lollipop lady who certainly knew a thing or two about road safety as she helped these children make it across the road in Oxgangs back in ­February 1962.

No doubt she was telling them to be careful, always look left and right and not to run, in our picture here of her in characteristic patrol clothing.

A road safety demonstration at Abercromby Place

A road safety demonstration at Abercromby Place

Ms Harris’ awareness of road safety would not have gone amiss this week in George Street where motorists were discovered to have destroyed bollards on the thoroughfare – despite them being put in place only a fortnight ago.

The £100 metal poles had been installed to stop drivers ignoring a traffic ban on ­certain parts of the street which have been turned in to new ­pedestrian zones and a cycle path. In May 1964, there was no dramatic bollard bashing, yet passers-by on Abercromby Place would likely have taken a second look at this road safety demonstration involving an ‘injured’ woman lying in front of a car. The event was staged by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) and would no doubt have hammered home the message to look out for crossing pedestrians.

It was all about teaching children to be careful when out and about on Edinburgh’s busy streets in April 1970. This picture of a nursery class at the Tufty Club at Lauriston shows youngsters on a makeshift zebra crossing, the ‘motorists’ waiting patiently on their tricycles while three pedestrians made their way safely across.

Road safety was notched up a gear for these older children at Balgreen School in April 1962 however, taking their ­Cycling Proficiency Test with the help of police instructors in the playground.

Pre-school children learn about road safety using a zebra crossing and a balloon Belisha beacon with the Tufty Club at Lauriston in April 1970

Pre-school children learn about road safety using a zebra crossing and a balloon Belisha beacon with the Tufty Club at Lauriston in April 1970

Youngsters at the road safety display in Patrick Thomson's in North Bridge

Youngsters at the road safety display in Patrick Thomson's in North Bridge

Children listening to police instructors at their Cycling Proficiency Test in Balgreen School playground in 1962.

Children listening to police instructors at their Cycling Proficiency Test in Balgreen School playground in 1962.