Teo, 8, creates superhero The Reducer to help battle speeding
MEET the 'superhero' given the task of helping win the battle to bring down driving speeds across the Capital.
The Reducer has been created by eight-year-old Teo Edwin Gonzalez, a pupil at Tollcross Primary, as part of a school competition aimed at finding a mascot for Edinburgh’s new 20mph network.
Youngsters were set the goal of creating a character to represent the citywide scheme, with the Reducer picked as the overall winner from 360 other entries.
Teo said it was a “big surprise” for his drawing to be chosen. But he is looking forward to seeing his superhero become the face of the 20mph speed limit – the first to be implemented in a Scottish city.
The youngster, who also won vouchers for a new bike, said: “The Reducer can sense people that are going too fast and has a bright outfit so people can see him. His shield is like a road sign. He is a hero because people need help to slow down.
“I came up with idea after talking to my dad about how I wanted my mascot to be a superhero.”
The mascot competition was open to all P1-7 pupils in Edinburgh, with junior road safety officers encouraging children to design and name a 20mph mascot in their school.
One winner was then picked from each primary group.
City bosses have praised the winning drawing.
Councillor Lesley Hinds, transport leader, said: “We had such a fantastic selection of entries from schools right across the city.
“In the end we picked Teo’s design for The Reducer. He’s an eye-catching character with a clear message about the need to slow down and stick to the 20mph limit.
“We’ll be seeing a lot of The Reducer as the new limits get rolled out all over Edinburgh over the next couple of years. “Congratulations to all the winners.”