School streets: putting children and the planet first
This paper takes a political economy approach to understanding the rise of school streets. It tries to understand the factors that have created the power for positive change – exploring the ideas, institutions and what empowers the change. The work builds on a previous case study report on London (‘Every Child’s Right to Breathe’) which included a focus on school streets. This was published by the Child Health Initiative in 2017 and focused on a range of measures to provide safe and healthy journeys to school for every child.
This paper aims to contribute to achieving a ‘safe and healthy journey for every child’. This is a key part of the Habitat III New Urban Agenda, and will contribute to achieving a range of Sustainable Development Goals.