Road closure proposals
Following the Department for Transport’s new Statutory Guidance to local authorities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic: that they “should take measures to reallocate road space to people walking and cycling, both to encourage active travel and to enable social distancing during Restart.” Southampton City Council is encouraging schools in the city to apply for its School Streets programme.
A School Street is where a road directly outside a school temporarily closes to motor vehicles to become a pedestrian and cycle zone for 45 minutes at the beginning and end of the school day. Closing the road space outside schools at drop off and pick up times provides a much safer environment for everyone at peak times. This will also accommodate social distancing, especially for parents congregating at pick up time, as a road free from vehicles can typically gain an extra 7-metre-wide space for pedestrians.