Edinburgh Scotland Safe Routes to School
Safe Routes to School - for a Safer
The campaign draws on the experience of other schools - especially
those in the pilot projects set up by Sustrans,
the charity designing and building safe routes for walkers, cyclists
and people with disabilities and those working with Spokes the
Lothian cycle campaign. We seek to complement the City of Edinburgh
Council's Moving Forward Transportation Strategy.
An informal group of parents and teachers have been meeting since
autumn 1997. Discussions have already been held with City Council
officials and members of the group have participated in the
Marchmont, Sciennes and Merchiston Area City Development Group.
We recognise that this is a long term campaign - but one which
complements many other initiatives to improve the quality of life in
the city. For further information please write to us:
c/o Sciennes School Board, Sciennes Primary School, Sciennes Road,
Edinburgh EH9 1LG or phone (0131) Cathy Scott 667 6740, Kim Samouelle
667 5380 or Jez Kempston 667 1527 or email Cathy Scott at email@example.com
The Sciennes Primary Safe Routes To School campaign brings
together parents and teachers interested in reducing the impact of
cars on the neighbourhood and improving the environment for pupils
and the community around the school. Our aims are to:-
- Enable children to be safe and to feel safe walking or cycling
to and from school.
- Encourage parents to consider alternatives to driving their
children to school.
- Improve pedestrian and road safety and environmental quality
for all in the neighbourhood.
- Improve pedestrian access and facilities in the neighbourhood
and encourage people to reduce car use, especially parents on the
- Reduce vehicle speeds and provide safe road crossing
facilities for children and the elderly.
- Support classroom activities which give children road safety
skills and understanding of the health benefits of walking and
- Promote awareness of the wider health and environmental issues
associated with traffic.
Partnership with Others:
- Build links within our community in Sciennes and the rest of
the school catchment area and with other schools in
- Join with the School Management, PTA and School Board to seek
action from elected representatives and officers of the City
Council, The Scottish Office and other bodies.
- Anyone wishing to cycle to school must
fill in a permit
form and agree to abide by the
- The school has recently sent out a
questionnaire, based on the survey
developed by Bruntsfield Primary School, to find out how children
get to school and where they think the danger spots
- Walking Train
- A group of five families has set up a
'walking train' from the King's Buildings area. We leave at 8.25
a.m. from the corner of Macdowall Rd/Savile Place. each family has
the responsibilty of taking the children up to school on one
morning per week. If anyone is interested in joining us, even on
an occasional basis, please contact Jane Tupper, 23 Ross Gardens,
- Sciennes Primary School