London borough makes school streets healthier and safer

London borough makes school streets healthier and safer

The London Borough of Hackney is seeking to improve air quality, safety and reducing emissions of streets around schools as part of the Healthy Streets Everyday programme.


It has been implemented with the Cross River Partnership (CRP), a non-profit which aims to deliver positive change for London’s residents, businesses and visitors, using technology from London-based transport technology scale-up Vivacity Labs.


Pedestrian-priority streets


CRP’s Healthy Streets Everyday programme is a mayor of London air quality-funded project to empower boroughs, businesses and communities across London to deliver pedestrian-priority healthy streets, increase walking rates and reduce emissions and exposure to toxic air.


A Vivacity sensor was installed outside Saint Scholastica’s Roman Catholic Primary School, London Borough of Hackney, to collect anonymous data on different types of road users, helping local authorities to better understand movement patterns.


CRP’s Vivacity programme, which took place between 4 November and 31 December 2020, helped provide evidence that the School Streets scheme, which involves a section of road closed to vehicular traffic, was being used as planned and that the number of parents and children walking to school had increased.


“Our partnership with Vivacity Labs has gone a long way in making streets safer, smarter and more sustainable,” said Fiona Coull, project manager, CRP. “Cross River Partnership look[s] forward to continuing working with boroughs, businesses and authorities across London through the Healthy Streets Everyday programme to prioritise healthy streets for all.”

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