Walking Children to School

Meeting: 
MQT on 2018-07-19
Session date: 
July 19, 2018
Reference: 
2018/1823
Question By: 
Joanne McCartney
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Large numbers of parents feel unsafe allowing their children to make the journey to school on foot due to factors like road safety and 'stranger danger'. According to the Living Streets Report "Swap the School Run for a School Walk" some 60% of parents say speed of traffic outside the school gates was one of their biggest worries when walking and 30% of parents said volume of traffic was a concern. What are you doing to change this?

Answer

Answer for Walking Children to School

Answer for Walking Children to School

Answered By: 
The Mayor

My Transport Strategy highlights the importance of people feeling safe using London's streets, so that they feel confident to walk, cycle, and use public transport. I want parents to be happy to let their children walk to school in our city, enabling our future generations to get the physical activity they require to stay healthy.

London has a wide ranging programme to reduce road danger. A vital part of this is introducing lower speed limits in areas where many people are walking, such as outside schools. I am investing record levels in walking and cycling, and encouraging boroughs to deliver Healthy Routes to Schools through Local Implementation Plans and Liveable Neighbourhoods.

I have recently published my Vision Zero action plan and Walking Plan which includes further details on how I plan to address road danger and enable more children to walk to school.