Travel & Air Quality
There are many actions schools can take to reduce exposure to air pollution as well as contributing to improving local air quality. We can help your school to run an audit to identify tailored solutions as well as implementing travel plans.
School Travel Plans
A School Travel Plan aims to:
- Reduce the number of vehicle trips to a school site by encouraging and/or developing alternative travel options
- Raise awareness about travel issues such as air pollution and road safety
Transport for London has developed a very comprehensive platform to assist schools to design and progress their travel plans: STARS (Sustainable Travel: Active, Responsible, Safe). It includes an encouraging awards scheme (Bronze, Silver or Gold) and access to funding to support their travel plans.
Air quality monitoring and advice
Measuring local air quality is not rocket science. Our CCCA air quality experts can train members of staff on how to monitor external air quality in your area. This includes choosing the required equipment, monitoring locations as well as data processing, analysis, and the interpretation of results.
Schools air quality audit toolkit
Measuring air quality is key to identifying relevant actions. The Greater London Authority has produced a toolkit of measures to help improve air quality at schools. The toolkit is to be used as a source of reference in completing schools air quality audits. The toolkit was compiled from a review of best practice approaches and new technologies.
Although the toolkit is a comprehensive guide, a certain level of technical expertise is required to understand what the measures represent and when it is appropriate to use them. Contact us if you would like any support or clarifications with the use of the toolkit.
Healthy School Streets
Healthy school streets aim to make the streets outside schools safer and improve air quality in the vicinity of the school by cutting down on traffic outside the school at the beginning and end of the day. Streets outside schools that have medium to low levels of traffic can potentially be closed to motor traffic during school opening and closing times.
To find out more or suggest a location, contact the Camden School Travel Plan Team
A Play Street is an event where a road is closed off to traffic for a few hours on a regular basis so that children can have a safe space to play freely.
Play Streets are organised, managed and run by local communities themselves, with the Council offering advice and organising the closure of the road to traffic.