How to manage the school run post-lockdown

 … to stop crowding and make it safer – by closing roads to car traffic.

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There are several proposals on how to manage traffic and social distancing as the lockdown begins to ease:

Draft report on How are things in Lockdown Questionnaire – final – 5may20

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As ministers start talking about ‘going back to school’, there is also talk about how to manage traffic and social distancing during the school run.

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The Observer spoke to  London’s walking and cycling commissioner:: “It will mean timed restrictions on traffic around schools to allow people to safely walk to school, cycle to school, scoot to school. I don’t mind if they are on space hoppers as long as it’s not by car. You need to reduce the amount of traffic to allow pupils and parents to walk safely.”

UK councils to enforce temporary road closures for safer school runs | theguardian.com

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But as the Sun points out, it could be ‘chaos’:

SCHOOL RUN CHAOS Parents to be banned from driving kids to school gates under new lockdown plans | thesun.co.uk

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And the Mail fears it will be hell: “Schools will reopen on June 1 according to reports, but transport planners are concerned the excessive traffic will create more air pollution and possible gridlock…. How the road closures are implemented and how long they last will be up to the discretion of local authorities.”:

School run hell beckons because government will close roads near schools at bell time to stop crowding | dailymail.co.uk

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A problem being that the two primary schools in Sidmouth are both on the main artery for morning traffic…

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Perhaps we could go to both school and work by bike:

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Not everyone on the school run is happy | scsmith4 | Flickr

   
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