Double boost for road safety at St John the Baptist School

A new school crossing patrol officer will help children at St John the Baptist School cross the road to school from this week.

The officer starts work at the Pitfield Street site following concerns raised by local parents about road safety in the area, where last year a young boy was hit by a car, luckily escaping serious injury.

As part of its programme to tackle the road safety issues raised by local parents and the school, the Council has repainted the nearby zebra crossing, with, Sandy, the new officer, now employed by the Council specifically for the site.

In an extra boost for road safety at the school, its School Street, the first of the Council’s pioneering trial, was made permanent last week.

The trial began in June 2017 and aims to promote walking and cycling to school by banning traffic immediately outside at opening and closing times.

There are four other School Street trials currently in operation in Hackney, at Gayhurst, Millfields, Tyssen and London Fields primary schools. The Council is committed to implementing another 12 School Streets by 2022.

Cllr Feryal Demirci, Deputy Mayor
We want to make it as easy as possible for children to walk or cycle to school so we’re really happy to welcome Sandy to her new role, where she’ll help children cross busy Pitfield Street at opening and closing times. Making St John the Baptist’s School Street permanent also makes for a safer and more pleasant environment for everyone walking to school.
Cllr Feryal Demirci, Deputy Mayor