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‘Never been a better time’ for councils to roll out School Streets – transportxtra
School Streets could be rapidly rolled out across the UK as “the barriers to do so are low”, states a new study. Research for campaign group Mums for Lungs estimates that the roll-out of School Streets in London, Birmingham, Leeds and Bristol would cut exposure to air pollution and road danger for 1.25 million primary and secondary students. The study found that School Streets – where through traffic outside schools is banned during drop-off and pick-up times – would reduce car mileage by over 71 million km per year in the four cities.
This, however, is less than 1% of the total number of peak hour car trips per year in the four cities, so wider measures such as Low Traffic Neighbourhoods and Clean Air Zones are also needed, revealed research of schemes in the four cities, carried out by the University of Westminster’s Active Travel Academy and Transport for Quality of Life.