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Help requested posted on 5th March 2019:

Parent parking and congestion outside schools

I wondered if anyone knew of any case studies or best practice models for how schools can design inconsiderate parking/congestion deterrents outside schools. We have two brand new schools built in a large new development, the schools have high levels active travel, cycling and walking, all the footways on the development are wide and shared use, however the width of the footways is enticing parents to park on them and obstruct. What are the best practice examples, have any schools won awards for their design? I couldn't find anything about it on the RIBA website for schools that had received or been nominated for architectural awards in relation to how they handle parent parking.

Matthew McDonald

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Response posted on 6th March 2019 by:
D Sharp

E: david.sharp@midlothian.gov.uk
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Parent parking and congestion outside schools

https://www.eta.co.uk/2018/01/10/catclaw-tackles-illegal-and-dangerous-pavement-parking-by-bursting-car-tyre/ might be a bit extreme?

But if drivers can't use streets responsibly, maybe they should be banned from those streets at school times? eg http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/streetsahead/info/35/school_travel/87/school_streets


Response posted on 6th March 2019 by:
Stephen Kelly

E: stephen.kelly@brighton-hove.gcsx.gov.uk
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Parent parking and congestion outside schools

Hi Matthew,
I work in the BHCC School Travel Team. I can't think of any local schools that have won architectural awards for preventing anti-social parking, sorry; but here's a link to our parking advice web-page which may be of interest/help:

http://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/school-parking-advice

Regards,
Stephen Kelly, School Travel Officer, Brighton and Hove City Council


Response posted on 7th March 2019 by:
Paul McKenna

E: paul.mckenna@capita.co.uk
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Parent parking and congestion outside schools

Hi Matthew, This is a really interesting topic as I'm dealing with problem parking outside existing schools on a regular basis. We too have a new school being constructed in time for September. In our case the footways are fairly standard so no width for shared use. So the 2 options we're going with are

1. School Keep Clear markings which prevent stopping and are the most effective enforcement measure because it is carried out using the mobile camera.

2. Pencil bollards (bollards shaped like a pencil) in area where we aren't using the School Keep Clears (due to risk of overuse and restricted outside entrances as per regs). Unfortunately this does further reduce the effective width of the footway but it's a balance.

There's also the educational side of course, newsletters to parents which have limited benefits.

We're also looking at trials for road closures during pick up and drop off time working with Sustrans. Happy to discuss further if required.

Not an easy task though.


Response posted on 7th March 2019 by:
Rebecca

E: rebeccab860@gmail.com
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Parent parking and congestion outside schools

Hi I was recently researching this due to inconsiderate parking and stopping in the keep clear areas. While doing so I came across public space protection orders havering council have these in use, and have information on their website regarding the use of these pspo outside of schools.

South Tyneside run a smarter parking campaign how successful it has been I'm unsure.
I done this as a concerned mum.
Hope this helps


Response posted on 8th March 2019 by:
Matthew McDonald

E: matthew.mcdonald@devon.gov.uk
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Parent parking and congestion outside schools

Thank you everyone for the replies and links, talking to colleagues it seems TRO's are not really an effective measure, partially due to 'alighting' not being an offence and also due to lack of the TRO's being enforced. I contacted Planning Aid England and they kindly sent this link to some research from Scotland

www.gov.scot/publications/tackling-school-run-research-study/pages/7/

I'm interested in measures such as parents signing a pledge when their child enrols at the school to not park inconsiderately, might be too soft but maybe worth a try. The Cats Claw device is quite extreme!

We can't use the pencil boards as they cause a trip hazards for pedestrians.

Thanks again, Matthew


Response posted on 11th March 2019 by:
Paul McKenna

E: paul.mckenna@capita.co.uk
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Parent parking and congestion outside schools

Hi, Just picking up on your TRO comment, assuming you have decriminalised measures in your area, School Keep Clears should easily be enforced. Any stopping on a School Keep Clear is an offence and is easily picked up by enforcement officers and camera cars. The 5 minute wait period does not apply.

Appreciate the link to the research, it's useful.

I would also recommend Modeshift Stars. Many schools across the country are signed up to this government funded program and it can really make a difference.


Response posted on 15th March 2019 by:
Mark Symonds

E: mark.symonds@edinburgh.gov.uk
T: 01314693817

Parent parking and congestion outside schools

Hi Matt,

A TRO with no loading and no waiting is good in theory but even with parent education, it's really only effective if you have regular enforcement. Park and Stride from an existing car park such as a local supermarket works reasonably in some of our schools as do the School Streets traffic restrictions (though not without some issues). Ultimately, having no public road access and a convenient path network to make driving to school inconvenient is the way to go if possible. You still need to allow for disabled access and deliveries of course but that could be via entry control. We're just feeding into planning applications for new schools and are hoping they work. Sadly I don't know of any award winners on that front.


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