St Michael’s Church of England Primary Academy Street Design Project
What we are doing
Sustrans, the walking and cycling charity, will be installing a thermoplastic street art design in the shape of a dragon on the highway adjacent to St Michael’s C of E Primary Academy, on South Lawn Terrace, Exeter.
In order to install the design on the road, a section of South Lawn Terrace will be partially closed, with traffic lights to manage vehicle movement. South Lawn Terrace will still be open to vehicle access in both directions though slight delays may be possible.
The section of road outside St Michael’s C of E Primary on South Lawn Terrace is planned to be partially closed under a lane closure, between 10th August and 14 August 2020 and will be controlled by a four way traffic light control.
The bus stops nearest the school on South Lawn Terrace will be closed from 10 August to 14 August 2020 between 07:00 and 18:00. Nearest bus stops for bus A are on North Street and Hamlin Lane.
Parking restrictions between 18-33a South Lawn Terrace will be in place from 07:00 on 10 August until 17:00 on 14 of August 2020.
These are estimated times and are dependent on weather conditions and other external factors. Every attempt will be made to minimise disruption and to complete the necessary works as quickly as possible.
More about the scheme
The South Lawn Terrace design scheme is aimed at reducing speed on a main traffic route adjacent to St Michael’s Church of England primary academy, to make the space outside the school safer for children and all street users. The dragon design will increase driver awareness of the presence of pupils and reduce traffic speeds. This type of road calming measure has been used successfully elsewhere in the UK and Europe.
The project is delivered by Sustrans and funded by the Road Safety Trust, with capital funding and in-kind support from Devon County Council. The overall aim of the project is to create innovative, low cost solutions to improving road safety.
During summer 2018 two workshops were held with local school pupils as well as two collaborative design engagement events involving parents, school staff and the wider community. The events were designed to identify road safety concerns and barriers to walking and cycling within the local area, as well as collect ideas for potential solutions. Using information gathered from the events, the dragon design was developed and tested during a street trial event in November 2018. The street trial allowed feedback to be collected from schools and the local community, this was then used to further refine the proposal.
An online survey took place during summer 2019 involving the school community and local residents in order to gain feedback on the final design. A total of 108 responses were received from the online survey showing that 71% of respondents were supportive of installing the design, citing improved road safety as the biggest factor.
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