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Open Streets

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The problem

Nobody likes car congestion around schools at drop-off and pick-up times. It’s stressful for parents, students, teachers and residents. It also leads to poorer air quality and road safety. Not to mention, sitting in cars instead of being active means our kids are missing out on vital exercise and social interaction.

The solution

To open up the streets around schools at drop-off and pick-up times so that children and adults can walk and ride freely, without having to worry about car traffic. Open Streets helps build safer, more connected, happier and healthier communities.

Open Streets!

A happier, safer and healthier street environment for everyone.

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Our approach

Bicycle Network’s Ride2School team partner with schools and local authorities to facilitate special days where the streets surrounding a school are dedicated to active transport only. Opening the streets to walking, riding, scooting or skating instead of motor vehicles gives a small taste of what a more sustainable community can look like.

Open Streets days are carefully planned, with signage, traffic control and pre-event communication between schools, councils and residents. Drop-off points a short distance from the gates are also installed so that families who live further away can drive part-way and still enjoy the fun.

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Open Streets Trial: Merri-bek City Council

In 2022, Bicycle Network delivered three Open Streets at three different schools in partnership with Merri-bek Council as part of their Ride & Stride Program. Watch the video below and read more about the success of the program here.

Read the report

Upcoming Open Streets

Lloyd Street Primary School, Malvern East – February 2024

Dates:

  • Monday 5th February 2024
  • Monday 12th February 2024
  • Monday 19th February 2024
Malvern Primary School, Malvern East – April 2024

Dates:

  • Wednesday 17th April 2024
  • Wednesday 24th April 2024
  • Wednesday 1st May 2024
Malvern Valley Primary School, Malvern East – May 2024

Dates:

  • Thursday 16th May 2024
  • Thursday 23rd May 2024
  • Thursday 30th May 2024
Footscray North Primary School, Footscray – October 2024

Dates:

  • Friday 18th October 2024
  • Friday 25th October 2024
  • Friday 1st November 2024
Want to get your school involved? Your school could be next! Get in touch with our Ride2School team.

Previous Open Streets Read the reports

Brunswick South West Primary School (May 23)
Lloyd Street Primary School  (Feb 2023)
St Oliver Plunkett Primary School - Open Streets
St Oliver Plunkett Primary School (Nov 2022)
Brunswick North West Primary School - Open Streets
Brunswick North West Primary School (Oct 2022)
Moreland Primary School (Aug – Sep 2022)
Coburg North Primary School (Nov – Dec 2021)
Brunswick East Primary School (Mar 2021)

Latest news

Open Streets kicks off in Term 3

Over three Fridays in September Bicycle Network held its first Open Streets trials of the year at Moreland Primary School, as part of Moreland City...

Open Streets to cut school gate congestion

An Open Streets trial at Brunswick East Primary School is helping students and parents ride and walk without car congestion at the school gate.

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