School Streets is part of plans to make roads directly outside of schools safer, by turning them into pedestrian and cyclist priority zones directly before and after the school day.
The aims are to:
- Reduce the volume of traffic around the school gates
- Improve road safety for pupils
- Encourage more pupils to walk, scoot or cycle to school
- Improve the air quality and environment at the school gates making it a more pleasant space for everyone
The original pilot plans in 2020 were for an 18 month pilot weekdays during term time only between 08:30 – 09:15 and 14:45 – 15:30.
HOW IT WORKS
The street(s) around a school temporarily become a ‘School Street zone’ for pedestrians and cyclists during short periods at the beginning and end of the school day. Vehicles are not allowed to enter the street between these times unless they have been granted an exemption.
Exemptions will be granted to residents and businesses living or working within the zone so they can still move freely. Special exemptions will also be granted to blue badge holders.
There will be clear signage to inform drivers that they are entering a School Streets zone. The zone will be enforced and motor vehicles entering the zone without an exemption permit could be issued with a fine.