A pilot scheme that began in September 2015 to ban parking outside primary schools in Edinburgh has led to an increase in the number of pupils walking to school.
Evaluation of the School Streets scheme also showed lower vehicle speeds on surrounding roads and a reduction in the number of cars around schools.
The Living Streets Scotland charity wants it rolled out nationwide. It is not calling for a complete ban on cars around all schools as it said each should be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Lesley Hinds, City of Edinburgh City Council’s transport convener, said: “The whole aim of School Streets was to create a safer, more relaxed atmosphere around schools, encouraging children to walk and cycle and parents to leave their cars at home. Therefore, I’m delighted to see fewer cars around participating schools, slower speeds in nearby streets and more children walking in every day, contributing to a more welcoming environment for all.”

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