Airmyn Park primary school in partnership with East Riding of Yorkshire Council will soon be launching School Streets from Monday 2nd November, which is a pioneering scheme to transform the road outside our school, by restricting traffic.
We are seeking volunteers to help support the School Streets pilot; to ensure our pupils and families have a safe, enjoyable experience when arriving and leaving our school.
The success of School Streets depends on how quickly all of those who may be affected understand and accept the restrictions and how readily they adapt their behaviour. And that, in
turn, depends considerably on the presence of volunteers who can explain what’s going on and why, to anyone who asks in a friendly, polite and positive way.
School Streets volunteers will play a key role in helping to communicate the wider benefits of School Streets not just to the school and pupils, but to the local community.
Volunteer support is absolutely critical and is particularly essential at the beginning of the pilot, as people who are used to being able to drive and/or park in the School Streets get used to discovering alternative routes, using the park and stride venues or change their travel habits altogether. Your role will help people to understand how they can help to keep the streets safer, reduce congestion and improving the environment around the school as well as supporting more sustainable ways to travel like walking, scooting and cycling.
The primarily role of a School Streets volunteer will inform drivers of the restriction and offering information and guidance, in particular, the location of the park and stride venues. The permanent signs, with details of the access restrictions times to the School Streets zone, will be installed at relevant places. Volunteers will need to explain the reasons for School Streets to passers-by and drivers from the footpath if asked. There will be a foldable information sign and cone to erect and pack away while the restrictions are in place in the morning and afternoon.
Volunteers, may also need to assist vehicles which either have a permit or are on the exemption list on entering the School Streets zone during the restricted times with the local Policing team offering support.
On site training will take place shortly before the launch in line with current Covid-19 guidance in partnership with Humberside Police and East Riding of Yorkshire Council.
Airmyn News February 2017 - click to view
School Streets initiative to be piloted at Airmyn and Hook primary schools
A new scheme aimed at reducing traffic congestion outside schools and encouraging active travel is to be piloted at two village primary schools near Goole.
East Riding of Yorkshire Council is to carry out a trial of an initiative called School Streets at both Airmyn Park Primary School and Hook CE Primary School later in the autumn term.
School Streets is a pioneering approach to improving the environment outside schools whereby traffic is restricted at the start and the end of the school day.
By encouraging parents and carers to ‘park and stride’ – parking away from the school and then walking or cycling the rest of the way – this helps to reduce congestion, discourage unnecessary car journeys and improve the air quality outside the school gates.
The introduction of School Streets is aimed at encouraging a move towards more sustainable and active modes of travel, making it easier and safer for pupils to walk or cycle to school, and creating a more pleasant environment in those areas.
School Streets could also help parents and pupils to socially distance during the coronavirus pandemic, by creating additional space for them to travel safely to and from school on foot, by scooter or bike.
The council is working in partnership with both primary schools to introduce the pilot from the beginning of November.
Councillor Gary McMaster, the council’s portfolio holder for enhancing communities said: “School children's safety and wellbeing is obviously of paramount importance and any initiative like School Streets that helps to address this, will be warmly received.
“Following a successful pilot of the scheme, we hope to be working with other schools elsewhere within the East Riding to roll out the project further. The School Streets scheme, while not a new concept nationally, is new to the East Riding and has seen huge successes across the country.”
Both Percy Drive in Airmyn and Garth Lane in Hook – the roads outside both schools - will be covered by the new motor vehicle restriction, which will only be enforced during drop off and pick up times in the mornings and afternoons.
Residents and any businesses located on the effected streets will have the opportunity to apply for an exemption permit which will allow access to the School Streets zone during the restricted times. In addition, there will also be a list of exempted vehicles which may enter the zone during the restriction.
Multiple ‘Park and Stride’ venues have been agreed within both locations to offer parents and carers that need to drive to school a designated and suitable alternative location to park. These sites all fall within each school’s five minute walking bubble.
Hook CE Primary School headteacher Caroline Ainley said: “Hook CE Primary is delighted to have been considered to pilot this project for the East Riding.
“The location of our school at the end of a cul-de-sac means that traffic has to turn around outside our school gate making it very difficult for children and their families.
“We believe School Streets will offer families the confidence to know that their children can choose alternative ways to travel to school knowing that there will be significantly reduced traffic on the road outside.”
Airmyn Park Primary School headteacher Heidi Whyley said: “To achieve safer streets around our school at drop off and pick up times in the day would be a dream come true for our children.
“It would also be one of the most responsible actions I would be proud to say our East Riding team, staff, parents and local community had accomplished. A long awaited opportunity received with gratitude.”
Parents and carers at both schools will be given more information before the start of the scheme, as will residents and businesses in the restricted areas.
A newly dedicated webpage offering further information and advice about the scheme is due to go live at the beginning of October.
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