After waiting over a month, I still do not have a meeting scheduled with anyone from Sheffield Council. I'm also still trying to find schools to commit to this. Please speak to your schools and if you like ask your local councillor or Jack Scott what steps we are taking to bring Safe School Streets to Sheffield.
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.