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Safer Routes to School - Freemantle C of E Academy

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  • Where: Freemantle C of E Academy area
  • When: Initial perceptions survey July 2023
  • What: Safer routes to school
  • Why: To improve the local environment for residents, walking and cycling for local journeys.
  • How: Funding from the Government's Active Travel Fund.

Latest Updates

October 2023

In July of this year, we asked for your views on Road Safety, in particular walking and cycling to Freemantle C of E School. We have now considered what measures could be introduced to address the concerns you raised (see summary of survey results below).

We would now like to hear your views, to help inform what measures may progress to construction later this year. You can view the proposed measures and comment on them here.

Currently, these are only proposed measures and are subject to change based on the feedback we receive during the consultation.

Summary of Survey Results

Adults – including Local Residents, Parents of children at Freemantle C of E School,

The main modes of travel within the area are motor vehicle or walking, and over half of respondents choose their main mode of travel because it is convenient.

The most frequently selected barriers to cycling in the area are: the road/infrastructure is not safe (47%); bad road user behaviour (44%).

The most frequently selected barrier to walking in the area is the time or distance of the journey (36%).

Respondents told us they were most satisfied with the access to local amenities and connections to public transport.

Respondents told us they are most dissatisfied with the conditions of pavements and the quality of air.

92% of respondents support improvements to road safety and 49% told us that improvements to walking and cycling would encourage them to walk or cycle more.

There were 15 separate suggestions made within the survey for less traffic and more traffic calming measures.

Pupils of Freemantle C of E School

76% said they would like to see fewer cars on the street when they go to and from school.

83% said they would like to have more places to safely cross the road.

79% said they would like to have more space to walk, cycle, scoot and wheel to school.

Proposed Measures

A new zebra crossing on Waterloo Road, just west of Varna Road, to promote walking on a busy desire line.

Project Details

This project will create an improved environment for walking and cycling in this area for local trips as well as joining wider Cycle network. This may include traffic calming to reduce the number of vehicles and ensure lower vehicle speeds. Measures will be informed through local consultation

In July, we contacted residents and pupils to ask their opinions on walking and cycling routes in this area through an online survey.

The survey is now closed.

Please see the report analysis with the results from the survey.

We will update residents when the next round of engagement is open.

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