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Parents and carers of pupils at Gateshead schools are being asked to rethink how they get their children to school this week to help reduce the number of cars around the school gates.

In Gateshead 16 schools have signed to Living Streets' Walk to School Week. Pupils and their parents/carers are encouraged to walk to school as much as possible during the week to reduce congestion around schools making roads around schools safer and healthier for everyone.

Gateshead Council's road safety team have arranged a walking bus for two of the schools, Oakfield Primary School in Low Fell and Windy Nook Primary School in Windy Nook. On Friday 21 May, parents who have already booked a space on the walking bus will be able to drop off their children in a safe location away from school and then will be walked to school by the Council's road safety team and school staff.

Ryton Federation, who have also signed up Living Streets, have developed their own park and stride. Over 100 parents park in the Ryton Rugby Club car park and then walk the children to school. MP for Blaydon Liz Twist will be visiting the school on Friday to see the park and stride in action.

Councillor John McElroy, Gateshead Council's cabinet member for transport and the environment said: "We're encouraging parents and carers to rethink how they get their children to school each day. If time allows, we'd like to see more children walking, scooting or cycling to school. Children will arrive at school healthier and happy and ready to learn and the warmer weather is a perfect time to make the switch from the car.

"If parents do need to bring their cars to school, and we know many working parents do, we're asking them to try and park a little further away from school and walk the rest of the way. Please also park considerately, not on yellow lines, on hashed markings on the road or on the pavement. Please be mindful of other people such as those in wheelchairs or with prams and buggies who need safe access, and also for other road users such as the emergency services and other large vehicles."

"Climate change caused by increasing carbon emissions is a global problem, by all playing our part and changing our behaviour, if we are able to, we can make a difference and help improve our environment, health and wellbeing."

Earlier in the week, the Council joined forces with Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue (TWFRS) to highlight the dangers of inconsiderate parking around the school gates. A TWFRS appliance travelled past the two schools during the morning school run on Monday and Tuesday to re-enact a real-life emergency to emphasise the importance of considerate parking.

Steven Thomas, Head of Prevention and Education at Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said: "If a fire appliance is obstructed and can't make its way to an emergency call then people's lives could literally be in the balance.  The same could be said about a pedestrian having to make a detour around a parked car, which could mean them stepping out on to a busy road.

"We would always ask that vehicle users are vigilant of their surroundings and make the right decisions when parking near to the school grounds.  Your choice could easily save somebody's life."

The Council is developing a sustainable travel toolkit called Be Cool for parents and schools featuring a range of initiative to encourage parents to find safer, healthier ways of getting their children to school. The toolkit also features a guide on how to set up your own walking bus for your school. 

See the sustainable travel toolkit 

 

 

Walking bus
20 May 2021

Parents and carers of pupils at Gateshead schools are being asked to rethink how they get their children to school this week to help reduce the number of cars around the school gates.

In Gateshead 16 schools have signed to Living Streets' Walk to School Week. Pupils and their parents/carers are encouraged to walk to school as much as possible during the week to reduce congestion around schools making roads around schools safer and healthier for everyone.

Gateshead Council's road safety team have arranged a walking bus for two of the schools, Oakfield Primary School in Low Fell and Windy Nook Primary School in Windy Nook. On Friday 21 May, parents who have already booked a space on the walking bus will be able to drop off their children in a safe location away from school and then will be walked to school by the Council's road safety team and school staff.

Ryton Federation, who have also signed up Living Streets, have developed their own park and stride. Over 100 parents park in the Ryton Rugby Club car park and then walk the children to school. MP for Blaydon Liz Twist will be visiting the school on Friday to see the park and stride in action.

Councillor John McElroy, Gateshead Council's cabinet member for transport and the environment said: "We're encouraging parents and carers to rethink how they get their children to school each day. If time allows, we'd like to see more children walking, scooting or cycling to school. Children will arrive at school healthier and happy and ready to learn and the warmer weather is a perfect time to make the switch from the car.

"If parents do need to bring their cars to school, and we know many working parents do, we're asking them to try and park a little further away from school and walk the rest of the way. Please also park considerately, not on yellow lines, on hashed markings on the road or on the pavement. Please be mindful of other people such as those in wheelchairs or with prams and buggies who need safe access, and also for other road users such as the emergency services and other large vehicles."

"Climate change caused by increasing carbon emissions is a global problem, by all playing our part and changing our behaviour, if we are able to, we can make a difference and help improve our environment, health and wellbeing."

Earlier in the week, the Council joined forces with Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue (TWFRS) to highlight the dangers of inconsiderate parking around the school gates. A TWFRS appliance travelled past the two schools during the morning school run on Monday and Tuesday to re-enact a real-life emergency to emphasise the importance of considerate parking.

Steven Thomas, Head of Prevention and Education at Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said: "If a fire appliance is obstructed and can't make its way to an emergency call then people's lives could literally be in the balance.  The same could be said about a pedestrian having to make a detour around a parked car, which could mean them stepping out on to a busy road.

"We would always ask that vehicle users are vigilant of their surroundings and make the right decisions when parking near to the school grounds.  Your choice could easily save somebody's life."

The Council is developing a sustainable travel toolkit called Be Cool for parents and schools featuring a range of initiative to encourage parents to find safer, healthier ways of getting their children to school. The toolkit also features a guide on how to set up your own walking bus for your school. 

See the sustainable travel toolkit 

 

 

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