This unevenness leads to the ridiculousness of kids being told in writing that they have to push their bikes to school, while just down the road, the Head Teacher at my school - despite being personally supportive - says that she can't do anything 'beyond her gate' i.e. all the parents who stop on the zig-zags and 'keep clears' and double-park in the road to drop off their kids.
But it's not just that these policies are random and incoherent, and that enforcement varies greatly, but also that groups of parents feel isolated and uncertain of what their rights are, or what other schools are doing to change things.
There seems to be some momentum for a city-wide meeting of parents to discuss how different schools deal with such issues and what lessons can be garnered. I'd also like to have some representation from Council, either from the road safety or active travel teams, as they have a lot of knowledge and experience.
There's a couple of different issues bundled in here - encouraging more kids/parents to use active travel to get to school where appropriate but also making the streets around schools safer in general. We all know how quieter and safer the streets feel when the schools are on holiday, but it shouldn't be like that. I'd like to see them safer when the kids are on them, not when they're at home or in the park playing!
If you'd be interested in getting involved, or just attending a meeting to share ideas, please get in touch via comments, twitter, or email.