May 27, 2022

The North Yorkshire County Council looks set to review the impact of the 18-month School Street initiative, in collaboration with the Department of Transportation, just weeks after ratifying a new 20-mile-per-hour zone policy, under which the authority Has set out to test where it can reduce speed limits outside of schools. .

While the move comes after years of pressure from road safety campaigners demanding 20-mile-per-hour zones in all built-up areas of the county, the authority insists such action would not be appropriate everywhere. Such as places where the current average speed exceeds 24 miles per hour. .

Cllr Dan Mackenzie, the authority’s executive member for access, said he hoped the move would be successful if it was agreed upon after consultation with residents and parents on safe road pilots outside Seymour and Orton Community Primary Schools. Will comply with the 20mph zone policy. .

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The lawsuit involves the school signing a ‘road closure’ across the road at an appropriate time.

However, an officer’s report on the proposal states that while North Yorkshire Police will be responsible for enforcing the roadblocks, the force advised that “it supports school streets, but does not provide resources for enforcement.” Can “

The Council Officer’s report states: “Properly implemented schemes should reduce the risk of regular violations and enforcement issues.”

It said the case would be decided on whether it led to an increase in active travel, a reduction in traffic speeds and a reduction in volume in the area and the surrounding community and environment. Has been affected, but it was expected that school roads would not be suitable for the majority. Of places

The move comes just weeks after a study of 300 established School Streets Transport for London found that most people thought the car ban had pushed congestion and parking problems further, while lacking enforcement. Has raised security concerns.

Cllr Mackenzie said the introduction of restrictions in front of schools could move parking issues further, but added: Deserves more protection than

He said: “We fully appreciate, and I personally understand, why the police are more concerned about enforcing speeds above 20 miles per hour.

“In North Yorkshire we have very few incidents of road traffic including injuries in our built areas where the limit is 30 miles per hour.

“We are considering other interventions to improve safety outside of schools, to prevent people from parking in front of schools, or worse, to leave their children and the engine running.”

“If this pilot is successful, we will try to introduce him in many other places in front of schools.”

North Yorkshire Police Commissioner of Fire and Crime Zoe Metcalfe said the decisions on how North Yorkshire Police enforced any ban were operational for the Chief Constable and his team.

He said: “North Yorkshire Police will always prioritize areas where road users are most at risk and carry out road safety enforcement activities with partners where appropriate.

“Once a decision has been made by the County Council, I am confident that all groups and organizations in the York and North Yorkshire Road Safety Partnership will come together to discuss how to implement any School Street project.” Recently, it could be implemented and supported as part of a broader supply. Safe Roads Strategy published.

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