Hi, everyone. Some good progress is being made. I had my first meeting with a school yesterday, Hunters Bar Juniors, where the Head said that he was interested in School Streets. It had been discussed at the Governors meeting in December and it will be discussed at next week's meeting as well. Also, the long awaited meeting with the council is happening on February 13th. I'm looking for other schools that would be interested in volunteering to trial a scheme. Please email me if you are interested in knowing more.
To: Jack Scott, Cabinet Member for Transport and Development
Safe School Streets for Sheffield
Close roads at school entrances to motorised traffic during drop off and pick up times to protect children from traffic and traffic related air pollution.
Why is this important?
School Streets are roads next to schools where traffic is restricted during the times of the day when children are arriving or leaving school.
Sheffield has 25 schools in areas of high, sometimes illegal, air pollution. High air pollution levels exacerbate respiratory illnesses like asthma and recent studies have shown that children exposed to high pollution levels have reduced lung capacity that can affect them for the rest of their lives. Sheffield has a clean air strategy that already recognises the need to take action on poor air quality, especially around schools. 20mph and anti-idling initiatives are great but will not make enough of a difference.
Edinburgh, Southwark, Hackney and Solihull have already implemented School Streets to protect children from traffic and traffic related pollution at the school gate. School Streets encourages active travel, improves air quality in the classroom, and reduces traffic congestion for everyone.
How it will be delivered
In person to a meeting of Sheffield Council.