The school run: Campaigners call for road closures

Closing roads around schools to motor traffic during drop-off and pick-up times can reduce pollution and encourage students to walk, scoot or cycle without having a significant impact on surrounding streets.

Local authorities are being asked to take the idea seriously after research found that impact on safety in surrounding roads or traffic displacement was not significant.

With six in 10 students saying there are too many cars and too much pollution around their schools, campaigners are urging more be done to encourage cycling and walking.

Currently, only two per cent of UK pupils aged six to 15 bike to school, yet new research from YouGov involving 1,300 children shows that 14 per cent would like to; a further two per cent scoot to school, but 10 per cent would like to.

Campaigners are using this year’s Bike to School Week (September 27 to October 1) to urge local authorities and schools to act, including via so called “School Streets” initiatives.

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