School Streets is the Council’s pioneering programme to transform roads outside schools, so that pedestrians and cyclists are prioritised at school start and finish times.
The schemes tackle congestion and improve air quality at the school gates, making it easier and safer to walk and cycle to school.
They create a more pleasant environment for everyone, while making sure residents, businesses, pedestrians and cyclists can still use the road.
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The streets around a school temporarily become a Pedestrian and Cycle Zone at set times in the morning and afternoon. Vehicles are not permitted to enter the zone between these times unless they have been granted an exemption.
Exemptions are available in some instances. For more information about who is eligible for an exemption and how they are allocated, see Exemptions.
Signs inform drivers of the restrictions at the entrance(s) to the closed street(s). Vehicles are not allowed to enter a School Street zone during the times of operation, unless they are registered for an exemption. School Streets are spot enforced across the borough, and infractions can carry a penalty charge issued by a camera.
Between 2017 and 2019, we piloted 5 School Streets (SS1 to SS5) all of which have been made permanent. A further 4 School Streets (SS6 to SS9) were implemented between spring 2019 and spring 2020, which have been made permanent.
In spring 2020 we were granted TfL Streetspace funding to implement School Streets at an additional 40 schools (SS10 to SS48) by September 2020.
New School Streets are introduced using experimental traffic orders for a maximum period of 18 months. If you’re a resident, parent or business owner, you’ll be able to have your say on the scheme.
Before applying, please check above to see if your vehicle is eligible for a School Street exemption.
School Streets in Hackney video
Hear from parents and school heads about the impact of School Streets at their school:
- news item: 13,000 children see School Streets retained
- news item: rebuilding a greener Hackney: 6 new School Streets to launch in June
- news item: first of 40 new school streets introduced
- news item: traffic to be banned outside 40 schools as part of emergency plan
- news item: Hackney Council launches nationwide blueprint to ban traffic outside schools
- news item: Council launches eighth School Street and announces expansion of scheme