Positive results from School Streets trials over the last six months across London have been released. Air quality improved, with nitrogen dioxide (NO₂) levels reduced by up to 23%.
School Streets are a promising initiative where roads are closed to traffic at drop-off and pick-up times. This makes the air cleaner, roads safer and environment more pleasant for everyone. Air pollution is the biggest environmental risk to health in the UK.
During the trial, safer streets also encouraged active travel to school and 18% of parents and carers reduced their driving. Improvements to air quality and this increase in physical activity are a boon for children’s health.
These are very popular schemes too, over 300 are deployed across London and 81% of parents and carers support the timed closure of roads to traffic.
We're delighted to see additional school streets schemes being introduced by the Liberal Democrat council in Sutton, with 12 new schemes in the consultation phase.
In Bromley, we've previously reported problems with the enforcement of road closures in Orpington.
We call on Bromley Council to:
- Roll out School Streets beyond the 6 already in place.
- Aid the enforcement of traffic restrictions to make School Streets more effective.
Let's promote active travel and improve air quality for our children, and for everyone.
If you'd like a School Streets scheme introduced at your school, please get in touch and we'll help you campaign!