Schools in Peterborough have applied to be closed to traffic to encourage cycling and walking

These are the Peterborough schools which have applied to be traffic free to encourage cycling/walking

More than a dozen schools in Peterborough are interested in becoming traffic free during periods of the day to improve safety and to encourage children to walk or cycle.

Schools were invited in June to join a new initiative aimed at creating a safe space outside their gates as part of a new School Streets scheme.

This would allow them to temporarily close a road outside their entrance, enabling it to become a pedestrian and cycle/scoot zone during the school’s opening and closing times.

The scheme was launched as part of the push to boost walking and cycling in the city during the coronavirus pandemic.

And so far 11 city schools have expressed an interest in taking part (see below).

A further two have also made enquiries - West Town Primary Academy and Lime Academy Abbotsmede.

Peterborough City Council said: “Each application will be assessed for suitability upon application.”

Schools have broken up for the summer but will be open again in September where every pupil is expected to attend.

Two initiatives to encourage walking and cycling in Peterborough are already in place, with footpaths widened on Lower Broadway and Cattle Market Road and a cycle lane installed on Crescent Bridge.

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