A growing number of schools worldwide are using school street markings temporary road closures in front of their buildings during drop-off and pick-up times – to enable children to walk or cycle and reduce air pollution, traffic danger and congestion. Research shows that this tactic is effective at reducing private car trips for short journeys, curbing exhaust emissions and improving air quality.
The school street model is a low-cost, simple and quick to implement solution, with proven benefits for health and well-being. The concept is scalable and could be used to tackle traffic problems at other busy roads, especially those close to schools. The low cost and speed of implementation also makes it easy to adapt to local conditions.
Demystifying School Streets Markings: What Do They Mean and Why Are They Important
DOT’s School Street program turns roads into safe, pedestrian-friendly spaces for students and the surrounding community by temporarily closing them to motor traffic during designated hours. This allows parents and students to walk, scoot or cycle, and to cross the road more safely and easily. It also provides space for children to socialise in reclaimed urban space before and after school.
Successful School Streets are run, maintained and programmed by the school community. During your application, you must identify your school’s community residents and stakeholders, including students, staff, parents, neighbors, local businesses, and any other organizations with an interest in the space. The more people your School Street reaches, the better. You must also include an operational plan, including how you will manage and maintain the School Street and any deterrents – like metal barricades – that may be needed to keep cars out during operation.