School Streets: transforming roads outside schools
School Streets schemes aim to transform roads outside schools, so that pedestrians and cyclists can use them safely at school start and finish times. Removing most vehicles outside the school gates makes the space safer, less polluted and more pleasant for everyone.
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Some describe School Streets as a ‘Revolution at the School Gate’, aimed at bringing communities together to make streets around schools safer and healthier. Here in Gloucestershire, we are launching our own trial in autumn 2020 to encourage walking and cycling to school using an Experimental Variation Order.
School travel accounts for approximately 20% of vehicle trips on Gloucestershire’s road network during peak times of the day and is a significant contributing factor to congestion and parking pressures outside of school gates.
At July’s cabinet meeting, councillors agreed to a trial involving closing the streets outside schools during drop-off and pick-up times using the Climate Change and Air Quality Fund.
Who is involved?
In the first phase, the Thinktravel team is working with:
This is part of a trial to create our very first School Streets in Gloucestershire!
Removing vehicles makes for safer, less polluted and more pleasant spaces, making it easier and safer for children to walk and cycle to school.
The schemes will create a more pleasant environment for everyone, whilst making sure that residents, businesses, pedestrians and cyclists can still use the street.
The trial aims to:
- Reduce volume of traffic outside schools
- Monitor how air quality can impact positively on communities
- Monitor and learn about air quality and its impact on health in its communities
- Increase walking and cycling to school by reducing car travel
- Promote social distancing during the Covid pandemic
How School Streets works
The streets around a school will temporarily become ‘pedestrian, scooter and cycle zones’ only at set times in the morning and afternoon. Vehicles are not permitted to enter the street between these times unless they have been granted an exemption.
To find out more visit the SchoolStreets.org.uk web pages using the link below
Experimental Traffic Regulation Orders (ETROs) will be put in place so that anyone can provide comments and feedback while the trial is ongoing.
The ETRO is used to monitor success so all representations will be duly considered when the decision making process in conducted which could result in some amendments being made.
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