The municipality of Alphen aan den Rijn is considering trials with low-traffic or car-free streets at school entrances. According to Vanessa Scholtens (CDA), the car is still too often taken when the children have to go to school.
This is also shown by recent research by Veilig Verkeer Nederland; six in ten children are taken to primary school by car. So many cars at the school gate does not make the situation any safer for children.
That is why Scholtens advocates car-free or -free streets. That does not necessarily have to be the whole street. “But in any case, look at whether you can temporarily or permanently make the entrance to the school car-free. It is purely about the delivery and collection times. You do not have to close off a street completely.”
Just like a vast majority in the city council, alderman Kees van Velzen (traffic, CDA) also thinks the idea is worth testing. “I would not immediately talk to all schools about this. For some the problems are more acute than for others. And there is a difference between a regional school and a neighborhood school.”
Van Velzen does find it difficult that the parents are often the ’cause’ themselves. “And often a school wants such a car-free zone, and the surrounding neighborhood does not. That is why we have to talk to the school and the neighborhood during such a trial. Ultimately, what matters is that we combat the phenomenon of parents gaining weight. race, dump their child at school and drive off in a hurry. ”
Scholtens’ motion is not supported by the VVD. Anouk Noordermeer: ”I don’t want to get the impression that streets are closed off everywhere. It would be terrible if cars were banned everywhere.” That is not the intention, according to CDA member Scholtens.
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