We formally launched our ActiveStreets programme on the 23 August 2019 by signing the Car Free Day Pledge at our ‘Play Street’ at Fisherton/Luton Street, which coincided with the publication of updated guidance on ‘Street Play’, from the Department for Transport (DfT).
Our ActiveStreets programme is a key strategy commitment of our ActiveWestminster strategy – Activate Your City, Lives and Neighbourhoods. This strategy is in addition to our Open Spaces and Biodiversity strategy and consists of three types of ActiveStreet;
- ‘Play Street’
- Is a permanent designation (Section 29, Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984) which will provide priority over traffic to children and families to play in streets at specified times. This is underpinned by Department for Transport legislation .
- ‘Street Play’ sessions (apply here)
- Facilitated by temporary road closures (Section 16a, Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984) for children and families to play in streets at specified day(s), times and locations.
- ‘School Street’
- Provides a pedestrian and cycle zones (Section 6, Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984) outside the school main entrance usually in operation at school drop-off and collection times, Monday to Friday term-time only.
Our ActiveStreets will be supported by;
- An initial programme of play/physical activity for children, young people, families and older people led by ActiveWestminster, the School and/or our partners.
- ‘StreetMakers’ – a programme to identify, recruit, train and deploy parents, volunteers, community groups to continue to the programme of activation after the initial period and to ensure community ownership of the ActiveStreet.
The ActiveStreets programme aims to;
- Open up our streets for play and physical activity on the doorstep
- Increase in the number of people who know their neighbours
- Improve air quality and increase active travel
We are meaningfully implementing our ActiveStreets programme to encourage, facilitate and enable our schools, residents and communities to open up our streets for play and physical activity on the doorstep, increase in the number of people who know their neighbours, improve air quality and increase active travel in a variety of different ways; whether that be a ‘Play Street’, a ‘Street Play’ session and/or a ‘School Street’.
For any queries regarding our ActiveStreets programme please contact us.