Let’s avoid congestion and pollution on the school run

Children walking to school in the middle of a road

As we return to the daily school routine, Islington Clean Air Parents are joining Transport for London, Islington Council and the Mayor of London in encouraging people to walk, cycle or scoot to and from school. 

We know it’s not always easy, especially when it’s wet, you’re running late, or your kids are refusing to walk (we’ve been there!). But once you make it into a habit, it’s a great way to get some exercise, and to notice more of the people and goings-on of your local neighbourhood.

Here are our tips on how to make getting to school as fun and stress-free as possible: 

  • Take a slightly different route each day, and let your child choose
  • Look out for flowers and other signs of Spring
  • When COVID rules allow, arrange to meet up with your child’s class friends en-route so they can walk together
  • Let your child scoot or cycle, and talk to your school about a safe place to park them

For those who need to drive, remember not to park on the zigzags outside the school gate, and to turn your engine off whilst stopped. The pollution from an idling car, especially when immediately outside a school, from an exhaust at child height, can contribute towards childhood asthma and lung disease.

We are also supporting the introduction of people friendly streets (reducing through traffic) and timed road closures outside schools, to make it safer and nicer to get to school by walking, cycling or scooting.

Stay safe – we hope your children enjoy their return to school!

Islington Clean Air Parents is a growing network of concerned people who want urgent action so that children can breath clean air.

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Leave your tips and suggestions for a safe and active school run in the comments below.

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