New figures in time for ‘International Walk to School Month’ have found that parents’ top complaints about the school run involve driving. Yougov, in association with charity ‘Living Streets’, found that the top annoyances included cars overcrowding the school gates (54%) and too much traffic on their journey (45%).
The poll follows figures, released by the Department for Transport, which reveal that two of the most likely times for children to killed be on the road were during the school run, at 7-9am (14%) and 3-5pm (23%) respectively.
The charity behind the study is calling on local authorities to pilot closing roads around school gates. The aim is to reduce congestion, and encourage more families to walk to school. Tanya Braun, Head of Policy and Communications at Living Streets has said: ‘Piloting closing streets to cars outside schools at the start and end of the school day is a great way to improve the safety of our children’s walk to school. It removes issues of unsafe parking, speeding traffic and helps to reduce the toxic air which stays around our children’s schools long after the cars have left.’