Roads Outside Bristol Schools Could Close to Reduce Pollution

Bristol School Streets Scheme:

The roads outside of Bristol schools may close during drop-off and collection time to help reduce pollution and create cleaner environments across the city.

Primary and secondary schools along with families are being invited to take part in a pilot which would temporarily close roads outside of schools during these times.

The School Streets scheme was announced last week by Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees as part of Clear Air Day.

The enforced road closures would use signs, flashing lights and bollards though would be subject to the agreement and support from local residents.

“Clean air and climate change movements across the UK have been dominated by young people, who are clearly telling politicians to step up and protect their future,” Cllr Helen Godwin, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People at Bristol City Council said.

“The national picture is very much reflected in Bristol and we want our future generations to know we are taking their concerns seriously.

“We need to transform the school run and put much more emphasis on active travel, which will help reduce pollution and create a better environment. There are proven benefits to encouraging our children to start their day walking or cycling to school. Physical activity can increase concentration, as well as encouraging healthy growth and development.”

Bristol residents interested in finding out more about the School Streets pilot to close roads temporarily during drop off and pick up should contact either Cllr Godwin by emailing Cllr.Helen.Godwin@bristol.gov.uk or Cllr Dudd, Cllr.Kye.Dudd@bristol.gov.uk.

How this would work with inner city schools based in central Bristol is currently unclear.

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