Staff, pupils and parents of St Mary’s Leith primary were welcomed this morning by Living Streets mascot Strider to celebrate the start of the School Streets initiative in the area, which restricts traffic at school gates during peak times to alleviate congestion and encourage healthier travel habits for getting to and from school.
St Mary’s Leith are also marching into March as the newest school to register for Living Streets year-round walk to school challenge (WOW), doing their bit to promote walking.
Edinburgh City Council’s School Streets scheme has seen the streets immediately outside nine Scottish capital’s primary schools closed to motorised vehicles at peak times, and the addition of Leith, Gilmerton and St Mary’s Leith Primary from Monday 2 March is a welcome addition to the initiative.
All the schools have been selected due to specific issues they faced with the number of drivers bringing their cars too close to the school gates, and they are all contributing to better habits by taking on the WOW Challenge.
We want to see more children walking to school throughout Scotland and setting in place the habit of a lifetime.
Chris Thompson, Schools & Projects Coordinator, Living Streets Scotland states:
“By closing the immediate streets outside school gates, the council and participating schools are sending a resounding message that walking to school, even for the last few minutes, is incredibly important for the wellbeing of young people.
“We want to see more children walking to school throughout Scotland and setting in place the habit of a lifetime. Walking to school will benefit the whole city, reducing congestion and air pollution whilst boosting the health of every child who is taking additional steps to school.”