The theme for this year’s Brake’s Road Safety Week is ‘Drive less, live more.’ Our School Streets pilot continues (see below).
Why School Streets?
City of Edinburgh Council is introducing ‘School Streets’ at a number of primary schools across Edinburgh, including Sciennes Primary School, for an initial period of eighteen months. These locations have been experiencing ongoing road safety issues caused by drivers bringing their vehicles too close to the school gate.
The benefits of introducing school streets are that:
• walking, cycling and active lifestyles for pupils and parents will increase
• traffic speed, congestion and pollution around school gates will reduce
• we are responding to a demand from parents and residents.
How will it operate?
I am a resident of a school street. Can I drive in and out of my street when the signs are flashing?
Yes – local residents living within the streets that are closed should apply for a permit that must be displayed on the car windscreen. Residents who live in the School Streets zone will receive a letter from the Council giving advice on how to apply and further information is also available on the Council website. If your household has more than one car you should apply for one for each car. Please note this only applies to those living at the address and not visitors.
What other road users are permitted in the street?
Disabled users displaying a blue badge will be permitted as well as emergency services and contract school transport dropping or picking up pupils from the school.
Who will enforce school streets?
The scheme will be enforced by Police Scotland. The penalty for ignoring the signs will be a fine.
Where can I find out more?
Please go to www.edinburgh.gov.uk/schoolstreets or email firstname.lastname@example.org