Initiative aims to be breath of fresh air


Friday, 15 March, 2019

Milngavie Primary and St Matthew's Primary in Bishopbriggs will take part in School Streets Day on Monday 25 March.School sign

The initiative - which is being organised by walking and cycling charity Sustrans - will see a small number of roads temporarily closed during certain times on that date.

* Milngavie Primary School

Nearby roads will be turned into a safe place for pupils to play and enjoy before school, during breaks and at the end of the day, with activities being laid on by Sustrans' local I Bike officer. There are also plans, during the day, for teachers to use the extra space for outdoor learning.

The following roads will be closed from 8.30am-3.30pm on Monday 25 March:

  • Cairns Drive - between its junctions with Buchanan Street and Hillcrest Street, Milngavie
  • Hillcrest Street - between its junctions with Cairns Drive and Hillhead Street
  • Hillhead Street - between its junctions with Hillcrest Street and Station Road.

* St Matthew's Primary School, Bishopbriggs

The nearby road will be temporarily closed - enabling children, school employees, parents/carers and residents to experience a traffic-free zone around St Matthew's at drop-off and pick-up times.

  • Park Road will be closed between its junctions with Hillside Drive and Birnam Avenue, Bishopbriggs, from 8.30am-9.15am and 2.30pm-3.15pm on Monday 25 March.

Please note, vehicle access will be maintained at all times for residents and emergency services.

Affected residents have been sent a letter and engagement has been ongoing with the schools to update parents/carers and transport providers.

Sustrans I Bike officer Donald Macdonald said, "School Streets Day is taking place across the UK and has a number of goals - to give communities first-hand experience of what a people-prioritised street could feel like, encourage active lifestyles and demonstrate the positive impact of reducing traffic outside schools.

"There will be changes to the daily routine for some road users on the day, but I hope as many people as possible can embrace the ethos around the initiative."

Councillor Susan Murray, Vice Convener of Place, Neighbourhood & Corporate Assets, said, "I am pleased we have been able to work with Sustrans on School Streets Day, which aims to promote safety, air quality, and active and sustainable travel."

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