School Streets: insights from active travel campaigner Sylvia Gauthereau

A School Street is a road outside a school with a temporary restriction on motorised traffic at school drop-off and pick-up times. The measure helps school communities to tackle air pollution, improve family health and reduce road danger around the school. The government is encouraging as many families as possible to walk, cycle or scoot to school as part of the Covid-19 recovery and, as part of the emergency initiatives to grow active travel, many new School Streets have been funded across the UK.

Cambridgeshire County Council offered funding to all 240 schools in the county; however as of September 2020 only nine schools will begin trialling the initiative. Camcycle would like to encourage more to sign up and have launched a new School Streets campaign to help members and supporters get involved. This presentation from our September monthly meeting by School Streets campaigner Sylvia Gauthereau sheds light on the reasons to create school streets, how they work and the ways they can be implemented, and advice for getting children, parents, governors and headteachers on board.

The meeting was originally held on our Facebook channel and is also available to view on YouTube.

At the end of the talk and questions, our Executive Director Roxanne De Beaux presented a roundup of the latest cycling news including new modal filters from the Greater Cambridge Partnership, progress on the Chisholm Trail, our comments on cycle theft in the local press, Camcycle’s view on the current Highway Code consultation, the new pavement parking consultation and information about proposals for North East Cambridge.

The next Camcycle meeting will be held online on Tuesday 6 October, when we’ll welcome Cycle Sisters trustee Khadijah Zaidi as our guest speaker. Find out more about this and other Camcycle events on our events page.

 

Links to more information

Camcycle’s School Streets campaign

Our new School Streets webpage encourages you to get involved in the campaign in your area and has resources including a School Streets campaign checklist and a template letter to send to headteachers.

camcycle.org.uk/schoolstreets

 

The School Streets website

All the information you need to ‘start your revolution at the school gate’. A website full of useful resources compiled by Sylvia to help kickstart local campaigns.

schoolstreets.org.uk/

 

Latest School Streets research

Research undertaken by Edinburgh Napier University, the Road Safety Trust and Sustrans (August 2020) showed that safe school streets led to more children walking and cycling, were supported by parents and local residents, and led to lower levels of car traffic on surrounding streets.

https://www.sustrans.org.uk/our-blog/opinion/2020/august/school-streets-provide-solution-to-inactivity-congestion-and-air-pollution

 

Camcycle events

Find out more information on upcoming Camcycle meetings and social events.

camcycle.org.uk/events