Six new School Streets are set to launch next month in Woodberry Down, Stamford Hill and Cazenove, to support children to walk and cycle to school and improve air quality and road safety at the school gates.
The new School Streets are part of the Council’s plans to rebuild a greener Hackney in the aftermath of the pandemic, joining over 30 School Streets implemented in autumn 2020, and will see the roads outside each school closed for an hour at opening and closing times.
It’s hoped that the new School Streets will replicate the success of the Council’s School Streets pilot, where there has been a 51% increase in cycling to school, a 30% increase in walking and a 74% reduction in tailpipe emissions.
Following engagement with community leaders, local ambulance service Hatzola has been provided with a full exemption from School Street restrictions, with registered local school transport providers also eligible for exemptions.
The School Streets will launch on Monday 21 June at: Sir Thomas Abney Primary School; Holmleigh Primary School; Springfield Primary School; Woodberry Down Primary School and Skinners Academy; Jubilee Primary School; and, Simon Marks Primary School.
Residents can have their say online from the launch date of 21 June at https://rebuildingagreenerhackney.commonplace.is/ or by writing to ‘Freepost Streetscene’. The Council will take residents’ views into account, alongside traffic and air quality data, when making a decision on whether or not to make trials permanent.
As with all School Streets, residents living inside the School Streets zone can apply for an exemption for their motor vehicle at hackney.gov.uk/school-streets.