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School streets: Improving the school run

Ealing Council’s school streets programme aims to make sure that more children across the borough have the right to travel to and from school in a safe, fun and active way.

Did you know that a quarter of the capital’s morning peak hour traffic is made up of families on the school run? In Ealing alone, the majority (84%) of primary school aged children live within one mile of their school. This only takes approximately 20 minutes to walk or five minutes to cycle.

A school street is where the streets around a school are closed to most traffic at school opening and closing times.

In this spring term, the council has launched a further four – at Viking, Tudor, Brentside, and St Vincent’s primary schools.

This takes us to 21 school streets across the borough – bringing us almost halfway to the council’s target of 50 by 2026.

The aim is to help to cut air pollution; create a safer, more pleasant environment around schools; and encourage children to walk, cycle and scoot which improves their physical and mental wellbeing and learning.

It is part of the council’s £10million investment to increase cycling, walking, running, and scooting and reduce polluting vehicles through active travel schemes.

As part of the school streets programme, children and parents are encouraged to take up active travel for their school journeys.

Watch the full video of Councillor Costigan’s visit to Brentside Primary and hear it from the children and parents on what they think about school streets.

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