Have your say on School Streets trials
A survey has been launched to find out the views of local communities on the two School Streets trials running in Gloucestershire.
Rope Walk, outside Tewkesbury C of E Primary School, and Durham Close, by Warden Hill Primary School in Cheltenham, are kept open at school run times for those travelling by foot, bike or scooter, to create a safer, cleaner environment and encourage sustainable and healthier streets for all.
The scheme was launched at the beginning of November 2020 and feedback from the initial consultation process covering the first six months of the trial revealed many families feel safer walking, scooting and cycling to school because of the reduction in traffic congestion and hazardous parking.
The trial has been implemented using Experimental Traffic Regulation Orders (ETROs), enabling changes to be made in response to representations received from the public. Recent changes made include:
- Reducing the road closures from one hour to 45 minutes at the beginning and end of the school day
- Covering over signs during school holidays
- Adding yellow lines to make it safer to cross nearby roads
With less than six months of the 18-month trial remaining, a new survey has been launched to find out your views.
It will run until the end of January 2022 and you can take part here: https://haveyoursaygloucestershire.uk.engagementhq.com/gloucestershire-school-streets-survey
It asks a range of questions including your travel movements at the start and end of the school day, your modes of transport, whether the School Streets initiative has improved your journey and what would persuade you to walk, cycle or scoot to school more often.
A decision on whether to make the School Streets permanent will be made at the end of the trial, using representations received throughout the formal public consultation periods.
Other schools around the county are currently being shortlisted for the next phase of the trials, which are due to be launched next year.
Cllr David Gray, cabinet member for environment and planning, said: “We’re always keen to make school travel safer and encourage healthy lifestyles, so it’s been useful to see how the scheme has been working in practice.
“This is a great opportunity to give your views before the trial ends so I would encourage local residents and anyone involved in the school communities to take part in the survey. Your views are really important as they will help us make an informed decision when we consider whether to keep or remove the scheme.”
More information about School Streets can be found here: www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/schoolstreets
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