A seven-week School Streets trial is being introduced in Portsmouth from September 2021. The trial, which will temporarily limit most motorised traffic around two schools will create a safer route to school and allow the local community to enjoy a safer place to live, study, work and travel. St Jude’s Church of England Primary School and Bramble Infant and Nursery School are the first schools to take part in the trial.
School Streets limit the amount of non-essential traffic from entering the roads near schools during drop-off and pick-up times. Parents, children, school staff and visitors will be encouraged to walk or cycle to school, resulting in a safer, healthier environment which develops cleaner air and reduces traffic congestion in residential areas. Research has shown that pupils who walk and cycle to school are more alert and ready to start the day than those who travel by car.
During a School Street, access will be available for residents and business premises on the street, emergency services, school transport, blue badge holders and carers of residents who live in the street. People with specific requirements can pre-agree access with the head teacher.
We’re working with walking and cycling charity, Sustrans, to manage the scheme. A successful taster day was held at each school in late June/early July and gave residents, parents and pupils a chance to see the School Street in action and find out more, ahead of the seven week trial starting in September. People will be able to share their experience of the trial through a survey which can be found on each school’s website at the start of the trial in September and again, towards the end.
Participating schools will also be taking part in the Pompey Monster Stomp to School Challenge. Parents and children can find the best route to school, guided by the Stomper, with the Pompey Monster Stomp to School Challenge app. Stomper’s digital, seven week challenge, will guide you and your child/children on a fun journey to school while earning rewards for walking, cycling or scooting* at least three times a week.
The council are currently in discussions with schools selected for Phase 2 of the trial which will launch in February 2022. Anyone interested in a School Street in their area should contact their local school. Head teachers can work with the council to develop a School Street once the initial trial has launched successfully in Portsmouth.
Find out more about the trial by reading our FAQs or contact us firstname.lastname@example.org
*To have a safe journey to school please remember that private e-scooters are illegal on public roads and rental e-scooters are only for one person 18 years or over, with at least a provisional licence.