The Living Streets charity is calling for new measures to reduce the number of cars on the school run. This follows research released for International Walk to School Month. Image iStock

International Walk to School Month

The Living Streets charity is calling for new measures to reduce the number of cars on the school run. This follows research (YouGov 2018) released for International Walk to School Month. It reveals that too many cars are the things parents find most annoying on the school run, specifically too many cars around school gates (54%).

Cars parking on the pavements (50%) and too much traffic on the journey (45%) round off the top three.

Tanya Braun, Head of Policy and Communications, Living Streets said:

“We want to see more local authorities working with schools to reduce the number of cars around the school gates, helping to improve air quality, reduce congestion and increase road safety during peak times.”

Top 10 reasons

  1. Too many cars at the school gates (54%)
  2. Cars parking on the pavements (50%)
  3. Too much traffic on the roads (45%)
  4. Bad weather (41%)
  5. Feeling rushed (35%)
  6. Dangerous crossing points in the road (33%)
  7. Me and/ or child(ren) forgetting something (28%)
  8. Poor street conditions (e.g. narrow pavements, litter, dog mess etc.) (28%)
  9. My child(ren) squabbling (19%)
  10. Having to travel a long distance to/ from the school (9%)

Street closures and banning cars

Living Streets is calling for more local authorities to pilot school street closures including prohibiting cars from the school gates at drop off and pick up times. It also wants a series of other measures to encourage more families to walk to school.

Currently just 53 per cent of children in England walk to school

Tanya said:

“Piloting closing streets to cars outside schools at the start and end of the school day is a great way to improve the safety of our children’s walk to school.

“It removes issues of unsafe parking, speeding traffic and helps to reduce the toxic air which stays around our children’s schools long after the cars have left.”

One in four cars is on the school run

A national travel survey by Perscom found that one in four cars on the road at peak times are on the school run.

Figures from the Department for Transport revealed that 14 per cent of children killed on Great Britain’s roads last year were between 7-9am and 23 per cent were between 3-5pm.

Visit www.livingstreets.org.uk/October for more information, where you can download the Family Walk to School Kit with ideas of how to make the walk to school safer and more enjoyable for families.