School Streets were introduced to Portsmouth during 2021. They open up roads to walking and cycling by temporarily limiting most motorised traffic around schools. This creates safer routes to school and allows the local community to enjoy a safer place to live, study, work and travel.
School Streets limit the amount of non-essential traffic from entering the roads near schools during drop-off and pick-up. 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 and noise 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, taxis 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. Online and in-person information sessions are held at participating schools ahead of the launch to give residents, parents and pupils a chance to find out more. People can share their experience through a survey which can be found on each school’s website during the trial.
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 School Streets by reading our FAQs or contact us firstname.lastname@example.org
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