School Streets is an initiative by the Highways and Traffic Management Team, to create safer streets by reducing traffic congestion and improving local air quality. It involves temporarily closing one or more roads surrounding a school to most vehicles for a short period at the start and end of the school day.
The scheme works by making a street or several streets around a school temporarily become a pedestrian and cyclist only zone at set times in the morning and afternoon during term time only (not including bank holidays). Motor vehicles are not permitted to enter the street during the specified times unless they have a valid exemption. Any vehicle already inside the School Street Zone when the restriction begins will be able to leave without charge, and emergency services, residents, businesses and blue badge holders are exempt from the restrictions.
Restrictions should have the following benefits for the school community and residents:
There are currently three School Streets in Waltham Forest: in front of George Mitchell Primary School, Marsh Lane (for Willow Brook Primary School, St Joseph’s Catholic Infants School and Riverley Primary School) and Henry Maynard Primary School.
The cost of this package is free.
The schemes are monitored in terms of air quality, road safety and travel behaviour to assess the success of the schemes. From our first School Street, we found that at Willow Brook Primary School there was a 20% increase in pupils walking, cycling and scooting to school and 12% decrease in pupils travelling to school by car as a result of the scheme.
You can email School Streets for more information.