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School in Sudbury leads the way as active travel surges to 89% following school street initiative

New data shows that more children across Brent are choosing active travel rather than getting in a car in the morning.

Data from Sudbury Primary School indicates a significant surge in active travel since the installation of school streets several years ago. In 2017, 60% of students used active means such as walking, cycling, or public transport to get to school.

By 2023, this percentage has surged to an impressive 89%, showcasing a substantial increase in active travel choices among pupils.

This comes one year on from the council enforcing fines on motorists who break school street restrictions across Brent. School streets are roads that close for a short period of time around schools to traffic at pick-up and drop-off times.

Currently the initiative operate outside more than 30 schools and have helped towards a 14% increase in active travel since last year, meaning more pupils are getting to school by walking, cycling, or scooting.

Councillor Krupa Sheth, Cabinet Member for Environment, Infrastructure, and Climate Action at Brent Council, said: “One year on these are a big success with local residents and the school community. Creating streets that children feel safe on, supporting active travel and healthier lifestyles, with cleaner air, and the benefit of reducing traffic congestion really is a win, win.

“This is just one of the many projects we champion so that we can reach our ambitious target of becoming carbon neutral by 2030.”

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