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Sustrans school run survey

26th March 2019

No Stopping, No Excuses sign outside a school
Sign outside a school

A survey commissioned by Sustrans shows that 63% of teachers would like to see cars banned from outside the school gates.

YouGov carried out the poll, interviewing 840 teachers. 59% of them want urgent action from the government on air pollution.

On the other hand, when it came to practical proposals to reduce air pollution outside schools, a lower proportion of the respondents supported them. This may be why air pollution is such a tough nut to crack - people hate the fact that it is damaging children's health and killing people, but are reluctant to make changes to the way they travel.

Support for practical measures was as follows:

  • encouraging more people to walk, scoot or cycle to school - 34%
  • educating the school community about the effects of air pollution - 28%
  • school road closures - 26%

48% of the teachers said that driving is more convenient for families than walking, scooting or cycling.

Sustrans CEO Xavier Brice said, 'Across the UK, councillors who care about their young constituents are leading the way by implementing school street closures during the school run, to reduce air pollution and create a safer environment for families to walk and cycle. We want to see more. Our 40 closures for the Big Pedal show it's possible.'

The Big Pedal is a competition organised by Sustrans, to encourage more young people to cycle, walk and scoot to school. It runs from 25th March to 5th April 2019, and 2,200 schools are registered to take part.

Sustrans Scotland calls for 20mph limits

Sustrans Scotland, together with 24 other health, environment and active travel organisations, today wrote an open letter to the First Minister. It asks for the default speed limit in urban areas to be reduced from 30 to 20mph.

20mph limits are proven to reduce the number and severity of injuries on the road.

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