Schools and colleges

Mini Holland schools cycling

With half of all car trips made in outer London being less than two miles and the school run now accounting for at least one in every five cars on London’s roads, the Enjoy Waltham Forest programme aims to increase sustainable forms of transport and encourage more people to walk and cycle.

We recognise that schools and colleges are important to the successful delivery of the improved infrastructure, and the much needed cultural change to get more people walking and cycling regularly, especially for the daily ‘school runs’.

We have been working with local schools to encourage staff, parents and pupils to travel to school in a more sustainable way. We have been encouraging schools to take part in the Transport for London STARS programme. In 2019 over 55 schools had achieved an accredited status.

Schools interested in more information about how the council can support their TfL STARS accreditation are invited to email: roadsafety@walthamforest.gov.uk

School Streets

School Streets involve temporarily closing one or more roads surrounding a school to most vehicles for a short period at the start and end of the school day, typically 45 minutes to one hour. These schemes help to reduce congestion around schools, improve road safety and air quality. More information can be found here.

If you are interested in trialling a School Street at your school, please email schoolstreets@walthamforest.gov.uk

Thinking about choosing sustainable travel for your child's journey? Head to our dedicated webpage for more info!