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Our street! Safe cycling for children

School is latest to be included in scheme aimed at cutting traffic and pollution

12 November, 2021 — By Anna Lamche

St Luke’s pupils on their bikes outside the school

A NEW “School Street” has been introduced – giving children more room to ride their bikes without worrying about traffic.

The council launched its 36th School Street outside St Luke’s C of E Primary School, near Old Street.

During term time, it will prevent traffic using Radnor Street, Lizard Street, Bartholomew Square and Mitchell Street at drop-off and pick-up times. The scheme aims to improve air quality by reducing traffic outside school gates.

Some residents, including Blue Badge holders, will be able to apply for an exemption. Those living within the closed-off area with a parking permit will also be allowed to access the street during restricted hours.

The council is planning to reduce through-traffic on Bath Street and Peerless Street in the near future.

Ann Dwulit, headteacher at St Luke’s, said: “The St Luke’s community and I are very pleased to be a School Street. The closure of Radnor Street, Lizard Street, Bartholomew Square and Mitchell Street will make a big difference to the safe arrival and departure of children and families.

“We look forward to seeing further controls to help reduce traffic on Bath Street and Peerless Street, which will make a significant difference to the traffic and air quality for the children.

“I am really very grateful to the council for all they are doing to make Islington’s streets cleaner, greener and healthier.”

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