First introduced in February 2020 at Wansdyke Primary School and St Peter’s CofE Primary School, Bristol School Streets is now expanding to include Victoria Park Primary School and Redfield Educate Together Primary Academy.
It involves opening up roads to pedestrians and cyclists by closing them to motor traffic at the start and end of the school day, encouraging more active commutes by making it easier to walk, cycle and scoot to the school gates. The new restrictions, which are being implemented temporarily initially to pilot the scheme, will go live on Wednesday 26 May.
Adam Crowther, Head of City Transport at Bristol City Council, said: “We are pleased to continue expanding Bristol School Streets with the two new schools in the pilot project, which is creating a safer and healthier environment for children outside of school gates. With public transport capacity still limited, it has never been more important for us to do all we can to encourage people to walk, cycle or scoot for short journeys wherever possible. We hope that these new additions to the project will continue to deliver benefits to local people as we also look to roll it out to other schools in the city.”
Motor traffic will be unable to access Victoria Avenue in Redfield between 08:30 and 09:15 and 14.40 and 15.30. The same restriction will apply to Raymend Road and Atlas Road between 08:15 and 09:15 and 15:00 and 16:00. This will be in force Monday to Friday, during term time only.
Only emergency vehicles will be permitted to enter the roads during these times, but other motor vehicles will be permitted to leave so residents can leave their homes if they need to.
The schools were shortlisted for inclusion in the scheme because of their levels of participation in other walking, cycling and road safety initiatives, such as the Living Streets’ Walk to School challenge that is taking place this month. The council will continue to work with all schools involved to monitor the scheme over the coming months.
For more information on the pilot scheme, please visit travelwest.info/projects/bristol-school-streets.