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Safer Routes to School

The safer routes to schools programme works on practical solutions to encourage pupils to walk or cycle to school.

As part of the school travel plan process safer routes to schools is the mechanism for the delivery of highway, footway and other capital improvements associated with enabling children to make a safer, healthier and more sustainable journey to school.

Schools with authorised School Travel Plans are prioritised for safer routes funding based on a number of criteria including the age range of pupils, potential for modal shift and casualty reduction.

Some examples of the measures that have been provided as part of the Borough's safer routes to schools project include the following:

  • Zebra crossings
  • Signal-controlled crossings
  • Pedestrian guard rails
  • Cycle parking at schools
  • Cycle lanes on road
  • School flashing lights
  • Improved signing around schools
  • 20 mph zones
  • Traffic calming to reduce vehicle speeds
  • Posts to protect verges from parked cars
  • Narrowed junction mouths to reduce the distance people have to cross
  • Shared footway/cycle ways
  • Extensions to school keep-clear markings with traffic regulation orders

 

What should go where depends very much on the individual circumstances, as well as the legal regulations by which all Councils are bound in relation to some types of engineering works. The various aspects are discussed with the school community and the Travel Plan working group and the measures provided a result of school travel plan consultation with pupils and parents.

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