Wansdyke Primary School in Whitchurch and St Peter’s C of E Primary School in Bishopsworth are the first two schools to take part in the Bristol ‘School Streets’ pilot scheme, which came into operation yesterday (February 24) and will run for 18 months.
Residents living within the new school street zones have been issued with permits, allowing them to continue to enter and leave the zone freely. Emergency services and Blue Badge holders are also exempt and have normal access.
The model originated in London and a recent review of Hackney’s first four School Streets showed that traffic and vehicle emissions outside the school gates are down and the number of children walking and cycling to school is up.
The schemes have also proved popular with residents with the latest consultations showing 86% and 69% support.
In September, a Sustrans poll revealed 90% of parents and residents would back a School Streets scheme in their area.
Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees said: ‘School Streets has the potential to transform the school run for children and their families, creating a safer space for more pupils to enjoy a less stressful, healthier journey by walking, cycling or scooting.
‘We have already received encouraging feedback from schools, parents and pupils, and will continue to involve local residents and the wider community in developing this scheme.
‘Removing cars and other motorists from the immediate area outside of schools is also a step in the right direction for addressing the wider issues of congestion and poor air quality outside of the school gates.
‘We hope that our work with Wansdyke and St Peter’s will inform roll out at other schools across the city in the future.’
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