What are School Streets?
School Streets is an initiative that sees the road outside a school become a temporary pedestrianised and cycle area during the 'school run' (morning and afternoon drop off/collection). Each School Street runs slightly differently however you will find lots of useful information and a more detailed understanding of what School Streets exactly is here:
You will also find lots of information on the Sustrans website Monitoring the impact of School Streets: safety and traffic displacement - Sustrans.org.uk
Why and how would this work?
School Streets has many advantages to the community, for example:
- Improved health benefits
- Reduced road danger
- Safer environments to promote active travel
- Improved air quality
- Increased social time
There are a hundreds of School Street examples across the country, each example working at different levels and stages but, all with the same core values of School Streets at their centre. A quick internet search will display more examples however, this link provides an example of how School Streets is working in Southampton - School Streets | My Journey Southampton
Somerset School Streets
SASP in partnership with Somerset County Council are offering 5 schools in Somerset the opportunity to take part in this exciting initiative. At this early stage we are looking for interested schools to 'register your interest' in Somerset School Streets. This is not you signing up to take part in the project just as suggested registering an interest in the project.
If you do have any more questions please feel free to get in touch directly via email on email@example.com or by phone on 01823 653990.
This form will close on Friday 10th February at 10am.
When would this initiative take place?
At the moment dates for the initiative will be dependent on the school and a whole host of other areas. However, as an aim we would be hoping to run the pilots in late Spring and Summer term 2023. The duration of the pilot is also to be decided and we will work with the schools to decide this.
How much would this cost?
This pilot initiative is being funded by Somerset County Council and we therefore do not expect schools to incur any additional costs at this stage.
What happens after the pilot?
At the moment we are looking to learn as much as possible from these 5 pilot initiatives, however, SASP and Somerset County Council are committed to developing safer, cleaner and healthier schools for families. This pilot initiative will hopefully lead to further and even more permanent changes in successful cases where possible.
To register your schools interest for this project, please complete this short form with as much information as possible - forms/view/schoolstreets2 - this form will close on Friday 10th February at 10:00am.
Stuart Kennard (he/him)
Zing Somerset Children and Families Worker
- 01823 653990