Did you know that 1 in 5 cars on the road at 8:50am is on the school run? As a result some Edinburgh schools have a massive traffic problem as parents drop their children as close to the gates as they possibly can, breaching parking regulations in the process. This poses a danger not just to their own children but to other pedestrians as well.
Cars are frequently parked on the yellow zig-zags or else double parked, and sometimes even on pavements. This causes obstructions and makes it impossible to cross the road safely. Visibility is greatly reduced, making it really dangerous for other pedestrians. There have been several incidents outside schools which is why we have put this project together to raise awareness of the road safety hazards.
The purpose of PARKSMART is to get parents to think about their behaviour whilst actively promoting walking to school or park and stride as the easier, safer and most stress free option.
Here, at Craigentinny, we will be displaying our Parksmart banner at the school gates, talking to the children about how they travel to school and running competitions to raise awareness. We will also be carrying out traffic surveys at the school gates. Throughout the campaign, traffic wardens and police will be visiting the school at busy times and booking anyone who is stopped illegally.
We hope to reduce the amount of cars dropping off at the school gates which will create safer routes to school for our pupils.