Home School Group Meeting 7th June 2011<br />Planning for the future together <br />Travel Issues to and from school <br />
Key Objective<br /><ul><li>To share the traffic and travel surveys with members of the school community.
To decide on an action plan to make travel to school safer for everyone and more environmentally friendly.</li></li></ul><li>Pupil travel Surveymay 2011<br />
The Pupil Survey took place online during the month of May. Out of a total 573 pupils on role, 544 were returned in this survey which represents 90% of the school population.<br />
What we found out!<br />52% (282) said they usually walked to school, 46% (252) came to school in a car, while 4% (21) cycled and 1%(6) used the bus service.<br />When asked their preferred method of travel 14% (76) said they prefer to cycle. 303 said they would cycle if they were allowed to – mainly from key stage 2 children. <br />When asked what would encourage them to walk to school 256 said walking with friends in groups would help, 159 said cleaner streets, 82 said they would like a park and stride scheme, 192 said children should be rewarded for regular walking, 245 said if the roads were safer and there was safer places to cross they would walk. Better street lighting 152, all were mentioned.<br />When asked about a park and stride scheme 70% said they would ask their parents to use it.<br />When asked about walking bus scheme 48% said they would be interested in using it.<br />59% (214) said they used the school crossing patrols on a regular basis. <br />80% (291) children wanted a speed reduction and signage near school<br />Other comments included A number of children said cars parking on pavements, the double yellow lines, zigzag lines and corners made it harder for them to cross roads and be safe(13), children were concerned about speed of traffic – they thought is was too fast (8) and would like speed restrictions, clearer signage, including speed humps, there are no cycle lanes on the route to school and this makes it more dangerous for cyclists (4) Some children would like to see more crossings on other streets and more facilities for cyclists.<br />
The Parent Survey took place during the month of May. Out of a total 573 pupils on role, 279 were returned in this survey which represents 49% of the school population.<br />
What we found out! 1<br />58% (200) walked to school, 33% (116) drove, while 8% (26) cycled and 1% (4) travelled by bus. <br />A great number of parents 66% (205) said they preferred to walk, <br />22%(68) preferred to drive, 9% (29) preferred to cycle and 3% (8) preferred to take a bus. <br /> The main limiting factors between parents coming to school in their preferred mode - included time restraints, going to work, cost, distance from school, disability and dangers on the road.<br />
What we found out! 2<br />Roughly 76% (435) of parents live within a mile of the school while 22 % (125) lived between 1-3 miles. Some came from even further a field 2% (13). <br />This huge spread explains why there are so many parents having to travel by car.<br />Please refer to Geo maps for further information click here -http://batchgeo.com/map/27eb9f312598f02ba4f0bce2ccd5de0b<br />
What we found out! 3<br />A staggering 50% said they would consider cycling but the lack of bike facilities , issues of safety and work commitments restricted this.<br />Parents were asked about what would encourage them to walk more to school. 108 said there needs to be safer places to cross the main roads, 9 asked for better lighting, 68 asked for better crossing points on minors roads, 72 asked for prizes and certificates for regular walkers. 50 thought a park and stride scheme would help, 30 thought a walking bus scheme would help. 77 parents through improving the cleanliness of the streets would encourage them to walk.<br />
What we found out! 4<br />Parents were asked if a walking bus scheme was introduced would they use it 60% (167) said no, 40% (112) said yes.<br />Parents were asked if they would use a park and stride scheme 67% (160)responded yes, 33% said no.<br />Parents were asked about interest in a car share 97% (225) said no, only 3% (6) said they were interested.<br />Parents were asked if they used the crossing patrol 60% (169)said yes, 40% (111) said no. <br />Should we press for a speed reduction near school 96% (268) said yes, 4% (11) said no.<br />
What we found out! 5<br />Dangers!<br />parents were concerned about the general safety of their children on the roads (29)<br />Cars driving too fast on the road (8) drivers driving erratically (10)<br />Is it possible to have traffic calming – speed bumps (5) near school?<br />Improved signage would alert drivers to presences of schools! 20mph signs at school times!<br />A greater presence of traffic wardens (7) to remind drivers of the law would help, especially parking on yellow lines (8), parking on zigzag lines, parking on corners (4) parking on pavements (7)<br />Could the no parking zone be extended, double yellow lines on Acre gate?, Lennoxgate?<br />No parking zone on Johnsville except for residents (6)<br />A lack of zebra crossings/ pelican crossings adds risk to pedestrians.(8)<br /> <br />
What we found out! 6<br />Other comments<br />several parents had work commitments straight after dropping their child off at school so had to travel by car,<br />Extend the hours of crossing patrols (4) <br />Pleased to see staff car park has been sorted out – more secure and safe. Traffic congestion moved to Johnsville.<br />If we want more children biking , then perhaps cycle training could be offered earlier than in year 5<br />Complete lack of cycle lanes<br />There are no cycle storage in reception class area.<br />Other authorities offer an affordable bike scheme – is this something Blackpool offers?<br />If a walking bus scheme was established would the parents involved be CRB checked?<br />Staggered school times to reduce congestions<br />Dogs left at entrances to school make children and other parents uncomfortable.<br />Dog excrement on pavement (5) makes walking less enjoyable. <br />
Out of 74 members of staff, 70 surveys were returned. The majority of staff work full time between the hours of 8am and 5pm with a few exceptions.<br />
What we found out! 1 <br /><ul><li>37% (26) walked to school , 60%(42) travel by car and 3%(2) cycle.
Of those that drive to school 11% (8) car share on a regular basis. A further 13%(9) said they were interested in car sharing if it could be arranged.
When asked about their preferred mode of transport the results were similar 40% (28) walk, 50% (35) car, 10% (97) bike.
When asked about cycling to school 38% (25) said they would be interested if there were the appropriate secure bike shelter, lockers and changing facilities as well as bike scheme.
At least 10 members of staff use the crossing patrols on a daily basis.
The distances staff travel are varied:- 43% (30) live under a mile from school, 36%(25) live between 1 and 5 miles from school, 11% (8) live between 5 and 10 miles from school and 7% (5) live between 10 and 20 miles from school while 3% (2) live over 20 miles from school.</li></li></ul><li>What we found out! 2<br /><ul><li>100% of staff were concerned at the speed of traffic near school - and would like to look into calming measures, or at least improved signage.
some staff believe there is an Accident waiting to happen on the roads near school huge congestion at the beginning and end of the day.–
Staff were concerned about the number of drivers blocking driveways and the road its self ,
No secure bike storage in school and changing facilities (2)
There are no cycle paths / lanes to school (4)
There is a lack of supervision at the rear of school – congestion is heavy (3) car parked on corners reduces visibility (2)
The no parking zone – zigzag yellow lines needs to be enforced (7)
Green cross code needs teaching more regularly (3)
Expansion of staff car park good thing along with gate reduces some congestion, but traffic has been moved to another part of Johnsville. </li></li></ul><li>Traffic Surveymay 2011<br />
Three traffic surveys were carried out during the school day (between 10am and 2pm) and at the end of the school day between (3pm and 3.30pm ) by children in year 4. Each survey lasted 20min and focused on Pedders lane and Hawes Side Lane. <br />