Safer routes to school programme
We're making improvements to help make it easier to travel to and from school in more healthy and environmentally friendly ways.
The safer routes to school programme promotes safer, more environmentally sustainable and healthier ways of getting to and from school, with particular emphasis on walking and cycling.
To achieve this, we need to improve conditions (both in safety and the environment) on the main walking and cycling routes to school. Schemes can include physical measures such as safer crossing points and may involve work within the school grounds.
Projects involve the investigation of school travel patterns usually carried out with the commitment to a School Travel Plan. This often identifies engineering and educational measures to improve safety and reduce car use on the route between home and school.
These measures can be considered as part of a safer routes project and may include:
- pedestrian crossings
- improved pavements
- better signage & road markings around the school
- 20 mph zones, traffic calming, parking restrictions
- cycle routes and cycle parking
- road safety education, training and publicity
- health information.