22/10/2020 Online

Healthy Active Cities Seminar: School Streets – What can they do?

Healthy Active Cities at the University of Salford has organised its latest online seminar on ‘School Streets – What can they do?’ on 22 October 12.30-14.00.

The seminar will feature presentations from Jenny Wiles (Regional Director North for Living Streets), Asa Thomas (PhD Researcher at the Active Travel Academy) and Clean Air Levenshulme. Speakers will discuss Living Streets' schools programs and how they are supporting School Streets; as well as how School Streets can be part of changing travel behaviour under COVID-19, exploring the potential wider benefits of School Streets and the limitations of changing streets temporarily.

For more information and to sign up to attend the event click here.

About school streets:

A School Street is a road outside of a school that has a temporary restriction on motorised traffic at school drop-off and pick-up times. The restriction applies to both school traffic (exempting blue-badge holders) and through traffic in order to create a safer and healthier environment for children, parents, staff and residents.

In addition to contributing to tackling air pollution and poor health and reducing road danger (particularly for children), School Streets have been identified as an important aspect of COVID-19 recovery plans. With public travel restricted, car travel is considered by many parents and guardians as the safest way to get children to school. However this risks exchanging one health crisis for another, with school-related traffic congestion exacerbating levels of pollution.