Two new Bristol schools take on permanent School Streets
In a bid to make journeys to school safer and healthier, two schools in Bristol have become School Streets this autumn.
Minerva Primary Academy in Hillfields and Whitehall Primary School in Easton have joined five other schools in Bristol to introduce School Streets.
The streets outside these schools will now be classed as walking, cycling, and wheeling zones, restricting car use with temporary barriers put out across the road at drop off and pick up times at the start and end of the school day.
The permanent scheme encourages families to walk, cycle, wheel, scoot or park further away from the school and walk the last part of the journey.
To celebrate their new School Street status, Minerva Primary Academy held a Playing Out session on the traffic-free roads outside their school on 9 September, and Whitehall Primary School will do the same on the afternoon of 23 September.
In collaboration with Bristol City Council and the national organisation Playing Out, these launch events involved children enjoying traditional street games, including chalking on the pavement, hopscotch, hula hooping and skipping.