Good Practice

Street School

The street is reserved for pedestrians and cyclists at least at school entrance and exit times, or completely pedestrianised if the context allows.

Strasbourg City Council
Local policy


The “School Street” approach is part of a vision of a calm, friendly, breathable city in which it is good to live. A city in which children and parents feel safer and more serene in their daily movements. Objectives:

  • Encourage walking, scootering or cycling to school in line with the objectives of the community’s Pedestrian Plan.
  • Make the school environment safer and provide more space for active modes of transport.
  • Encourage independence by allowing older children to come to school alone.
  • Provide a healthy environment and encourage good daily habits for good health from an early age.
  • Improve children’s health by reducing their exposure to pollution and noise from road traffic, encouraging physical activity and reducing stress.


  • Children are more vulnerable than adults to air pollution because of their immature respiratory systems.
  • Air pollution is responsible for illnesses (bronchiolitis, ENT, and respiratory infections, asthma) that cause high school absenteeism.
  • A 15-minute walk wakes up a child and increases their concentration. The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends 60 minutes of physical activity per day for children and 30 minutes for adults. Thirtyseven per cent of adults in France say they do not do enough physical activity.


  • Consultation with schools, parents and local residents on practical arrangements for the school street (closing times and perimeter, adaptations to the traffic plan, etc).
  • Experimentation with staff-operated rotating barriers.
  • Evaluation after a period of 3 to 5 months for feedback from various users.
  • Possible feedback-driven adjustments to allow for perpetuation of the system (installation of automatic bollards, pedestrianisation, modification of the timetable, etc.) or an end to the experimentation.


Concentration with inhabitants and evaluation are key.


There is an objective of 10 new school streets per year, located in all areas of the city. Four have already been tested and will be continued, seven new ones will be created and tested in 2022.

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