The Safe School Streets project is the first project that has emerged from our 10x Innovation Workshop (held on December 5th, 2017) that was attended by a group of individuals and businesses that have signed up to our Partner Network. The project focus is to promote active transportation (walking, scooting, cycling) as the preferred mode of transport for local school runs. We are lucky enough to have local volunteer Will Page working with us to lead this project alongside other key Exeter stakeholders (including Exeter Cycling Campaign). We will explore if temporary car-free zones around school arriving and close times could lead to less congested, and therefore less polluted, roads. We want to encourage parents to let their children walk, cycle or scoot to school – in a more safe, healthy and enjoyable environment.
- To research and understand the challenges and barriers that staff, pupils and parents of Primary schools in Exeter which stop them from using active modes of transport,
- To produce a toolkit to help parents, schools and children overcome these challenges and barriers,
- To identify which organisations provide support for sustainable transport and any projects that are already underway in the city,
- To engage with at least one school who want to pilot the toolkit when it has been produced,
- To respond to the air quality action plan for Exeter and recommend further pilots across the city.
The eight-week pilot project will culminate in inviting all the attendees from the collaborative 10x Active Transport workshop, to review the progress made against the project objectives and to plan the launch of this exciting campaign. Look out for updates on our social.