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

Last updated at 11:54
To enjoy the CBBC Newsround website at its best you will need to have JavaScript turned on.
WATCH: Why some kids are swapping the car journey to school

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.

air pollutionGetty Images

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.

If you cannot see the interactive activity on this page, click here.

Your Comments

Join the conversation

These comments are now closed.

8 comments