Westminster City Council in London has announced it is launching ‘School Streets’ trials at a number of schools in Westminster, aiming to create safer spaces around schools during school drop-off and collection times, to encourage pupils to walk, cycle and scooter on school journeys.
It explains it’s a key part of its ActiveWestminster strategy which aims to support and encourage Play Streets, Street Play sessions and School Streets, to help children and families to get and stay active.
It says School Street is a special Pedestrian and Cycle Zone which is created outside a school’s main entrance during term-time. They operate in the morning and afternoon during school drop-off and collection times, Monday to Friday. Signage on the roads informs drivers of the times of operation at entrances to the zone.
Vehicle movements are reduced during the operating times so that school children, their parents, carers and other visitors will have more space to walk, cycle or scoot.
(Picture – Westminster City Council)