School parking ban encourages walking

The BBC is reporting that a pilot scheme to ban parking outside primary schools in Edinburgh has led to an increase in the number of pupils walking to school.

Evaluation of the School Streets scheme also showed lower vehicle speeds on surrounding roads and a reduction in the number of cars around schools.

A report to the city council’s transport and environment committee recommended making the pilot permanent.

The Living Streets Scotland charity wants it rolled out nationwide. The 18-month scheme began in Edinburgh in September 2015.

The nine primary schools in the scheme are: Abbeyhill, Colinton, Cramond, Duddingston, Sciennes, St John’s, Clermiston, St Peter’s, and Towerbank.
‘Dangerous parking’

Living Streets Scotland said other councils should also look at implementing the scheme.

It is not calling for a complete ban on cars around all schools as it said each should be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Stuart Hay, Living Streets Scotland director, said: “We are calling on all local authorities to look at this scheme.  All local authorities have similar problems.”

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  1. Alan OSullivan

    This is the way forward in England to support physical activity amongst children and young people. Physical activity at the start of the school day improves mood and application to studies.

    On a practical level elsewhere, it relieves traffic congestion thereby enhancing productivity and alleviating pollution levels.

    Why aren’t all head teachers getting behind walking/cycling/scooting to and from school?

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