Sustrans School Streets is a test programme that aims to ease the congestion, poor air quality and road safety concerns that many schools experience during drop-off and pick-up times, by facilitating timed traffic restrictions on the road outside the school gates.
Sustrans School Streets celebrates safe streets and promotes active lifestyles amongst children. It brings together children, parents and teachers and offers them a safe space to play and socialise.
Streets around schools are often dominated by idling cars and speeding traffic at drop-off and pick-up times, resulting in air pollution and an environment that is generally unpleasant for walking and cycling.
By demonstrating that closing roads outside schools at drop-off and pick-up times is achievable, measuring the impact and sharing our findings, we are aiming to encourage more regular street closures and inspire more schools to try this approach. Ultimately, we want to affect a permanent change in the way children travel to school.
We are partnering with local authorities and schools that are keen to take action and make it easier for pupils, staff and parents to choose active travel for their journey to school.
Our schools' officers across the UK are providing expert advice and resources to support local authorities, schools and parents to trial a temporary school street closure. We will test what is possible, measure the impact of removing traffic around the school's gate and share our learnings with partners.
To raise awareness about this issue, we will be marking the launch of Big Pedal 2019, the largest inter-school cycling, walking and scooting challenge in the UK, by closing the street outside selected schools on 25 March 2019.
As the UK charity behind Big Pedal, we have the experience and expertise to deliver a large-scale street closure event. Last year we worked with more than 1,200 schools and 284,000 pupils to facilitate walking, cycling and scooting to school.
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