Making the roads around your local school safer and less congested

Roads around schools at drop off and pick up times are often dominated by cars - badly parked and contributing to dangerous levels of congestion and pollution.

Naturally this can make the walk to school feel unsafe.

There are lots of ways that routes to school can be improved from introducing a 20mph speed limit, to setting up a Controlled Parking Zone or closing the road to motor traffic through a 'School Streets' scheme.

Here we have everything you need to make the roads outside your local school safer.

New for 2019

School Streets toolkit


School street closure schemes - where cars are prevented from going up to the school gates at drop off and pick up times – have been successfully trialled in towns and cities in the UK. 


Download School Streets toolkit - pdf

Take action

Email your council now

Family walking

Let's make streets outside schools less congested, less polluted and safer for children. You can write directly to your council to call for 20mph speed limit, a controlled parking zone or a school streets scheme


Email them now

Campaign for safer, clearer pavements

If there is a problem with pavement parking, pavement pot holes or pavement clutter on your route to school, we have lots of resources to help you take action.

Congestion down
Safety improved
Pollution down
Activity increased

Safer School Routes in action

Check out some examples of community action across the country. No two streets are the same...


Pupils at Millfield Community School were already taking part in WOW, our year-round walk to school challenge. So signing up for the local council's school street closure scheme was the obvious next step!


How our local Living Streets group helped transform a neglected patch into a well-loved play space and part of a safe route to school.


Sciennes Primary in Edinburgh, another school that participates in WOW, was able to rely on parent volunteers to make their school street scheme a success.

Useful links


Strider and pupils


Our year-round walk to school challenge.



Mum and son


Let us help make the walk to school easier.


Our research


How we need to act to save children from pollution.

Download our report