Lewisham wins over £345,000 bid in Mayor of London’s Streetspace programme
Schools Streets are part of an ambitious package of new measures – using planters and drop-down bollards – to help increase space for social distancing, encourage children and their parents and carers to walk to school and reducing pollution in our playgrounds.
Councillor Sophie McGeevor, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport said:
“Over 50 per cent of our residents don’t own a car so enabling them to walk and cycle safely is a key priority. As more Londoners return to work it’s our duty to ensure that we have done everything in our power to provide them with a safe alternative to public transport, to reduce pressure on the network and create space for those who must use public transport. By encouraging car owners to switch to walking and cycling, we can reduce congestion on our roads which will benefit businesses and residents who need to make essential journeys using vehicles.”
“The lockdown gave us a vision of what our streets could be like with less cars, and our residents have embraced that. They don’t want us to return to what we had before, they want something better. Sustainable transport that puts people and the planet first is fundamental to that vision.”