Air pollution and road safety: Should schools close their roads to traffic?

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Forty schools around the UK closed their roads to traffic this week.

It's all part of a campaign by the charity Sustrans called the Big Pedal Challenge.

The challenge aims to encourage more young people to cycle, walk and scoot to school and will see more than 2,200 schools taking part.

As part of the special day, some schools went further and closed their roads to traffic.

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It's to help make children feel safer playing out and riding bikes and is also an effort to try to cut pollution.

Experts say adults leaving car engines running when you are dropped at school causes too many fumes to be released into the air which can damage lungs.

So do you think it's a good idea to stop cars going so close to schools? Take part in our vote and leave us a comment below.

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  • Comment number 8. Posted by U17133673

    28 Mar 2019 19:30
    I think banning cars outside schools is a really, really bad idea. I live half an hour a way from my school and I have to wake up way earlier than most of my friends and it really stresses me out. I would have to wake up at about 5 am to cycle to school! Probably earlier as I get really exhausted in the morning and therefore take a while to get ready. It would also cause loads of traffic elsewhere; banning diesel cars quicker would be a much better option. I'm not trying to be rude, this is just my opinion
  • Comment number 7. Posted by U17595245

    28 Mar 2019 18:19
    You should 'cause some kids don't live near their school
  • Comment number 6. Posted by U17177798

    25 Mar 2019 19:29
    loads of cars go in and out one way to drop there kids and it can take 5 minutes to cross sometimes and if you don't cross you cant get to school people should get a bus because there is a bus from all directions and some buses are empty like if you agree
  • Comment number 5. Posted by U17597327

    25 Mar 2019 17:13
    I agree with MattJP111 because some people could live really far away (like 3 miles or something like that) and then people would have to wake up early and that would cause all sorts of problems! 😞
  • Comment number 4. Posted by MattJP111

    25 Mar 2019 11:38
    It's quite a good idea, but the people who live far away from said school will have to drive (maybe a drop off point would work).
  • Comment number 3. Posted by Majestic7

    25 Mar 2019 10:34
    Maybe they could have a drop off zone further away from the school or they could get a bus?
  • Comment number 2. Posted by U17523460

    25 Mar 2019 8:20
    It is a good idea but some people live too faraway to walk,scoot or ride and so their only option is to drive. How are these people going to get to school!?
  • Comment number 1. Posted by U17523460

    25 Mar 2019 8:19
    It is a good idea but some people live too faraway to walk,scoot