School Streets trials were introduced to Portsmouth during 2021. The trials, which temporarily limit most motorised traffic around schools create safer routes 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 were 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 are 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 is 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 are able to pre-agree access with the head teacher.
We’re working with walking and cycling charity, Sustrans, to manage the scheme. Taster days are held at participating schools ahead of the trial launch to give residents, parents and pupils a chance to see School Streets in action and find out more, ahead of the start of the seven week trial. People are able to share their experience of the trials through a survey which can be found on each school’s website.
Participating schools will also take part in the Pompey Monster Stomp to School Challenge. During the trial parents and children will walk or cycle to school, guided by Stomper, with the Pompey Monster Stomp to School Challenge. 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 April 2022. Anyone interested in a School Street in their area should contact their local school. Head teachers of Portsmouth schools can work with the council to develop a School Street.
Find out more about the trial by reading our FAQs or contact us firstname.lastname@example.org
*For 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.