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Clyde youngsters have used their voice for a positive change.

In December 2019, Clyde Primary School pupils cycled in to a council meeting to deliver a petition signed by 175 people. .

The group expressed safety concerns for Earnscleugh-based pupils making their way to and from school, and called for a reduced speed limit on a section of Earnscleugh Rd, near the Clyde Bridge to make it safer.

As a result a new footpath and small footbridge have been built on the section of road, providing a safe passage for pedestrians and cyclists away from a busy and narrow section of road.

Speed validation will be undertaken as part of an upcoming speed-limit review later this year, with a view to extending the 50kmh limit to Picnic Creek, but the new path offers a more immediate measure to improve safety.

Dunstan High School year 9 student Zavier Robb was part of the Clyde School group which presented the issues to the council in 2019.

He met with Central Otago Mayor Tim Cadogan last week to check out the new path and said it was “pretty cool to see the track in now”.

Mr Cadogan said the path was an example of what can be achieved when young people use their voice.

“It’s great that the young ones came forward and said problem’ because if people don’t tell us we don’t know about it,”Mr Cadogan said.

“When myself and our roading manager came out to assess the speed issue ground’ and looked at what could be done, this path was what resulted.”