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"Park and Stride": New scheme to cut congestion at school gates in Knaresborough

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Published at 7:00am 25th January 2019.

Parents and children who arrive at school by car are being encouraged to "park and stride" in a scheme to be introduced at King James's School in Knaresborough.

  • From Monday, 4 February, parents and carers will be able to park at York Place car park and walk the rest of the way
  • Parents are being encouraged to apply for permit which will give them 20 minutes free parking
  • It's part of North Yorkshire County Council's Open Harrogate project to increase sustainable travel

The County Council says the aim of the scheme is to reduce traffic and improve health and wellbeing. 

County Councillor Don Mackenzie, Executive Member for Access, said:

"Park and stride schemes are designed to discourage school gate parking when dropping off and picking up children and to encourage a short walk to and from school. This helps to reduce congestion around schools and brings health benefits for all involved through improved air quality and daily exercise.

"King James's School offers an ideal opportunity as York Place car park is just a short walk from the school, so we are delighted to be able to offer this scheme with the support of the school and the borough council. I urge parents and carers to take advantage of it."

King James's School Knaresborough
The main entrance of King James's School

Councillor Phil Ireland, cabinet member for sustainable transport at Harrogate Borough Council and Knaresborough Town Mayor, added:

"Walking is not only great for your health and wellbeing, but also helps alleviate some of the congestion around schools. The car park, that is currently being improved, is only a short walk away so I do hope lots of people take full advantage of this incentive."

Justin Waters, Director of Business Services for King James's School, said:

"We are pleased to support the park and stride scheme as a measure to reduce the number of vehicles outside school at key times and improve student welfare. We believe the benefits of the scheme will not only improve student safety but enhance learning by incorporating more exercise into the day."

To support the launch of the scheme, county council sustainable travel officers will be at the car park and the school on 4 February to offer information and advice.

Permits can be picked up from school reception. 

Open Harrogate is part of the three-year Open North Yorkshire programme, which has received £1m in government funding and which works with schools, businesses and residents to encourage people to swap their cars for healthier, less congesting modes of transport. 

 

 

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