It is obvious to drivers that the roads are less congested when there are school holidays. This is because a large percentage of early morning and late afternoon traffic is the journey to and from school.
As a nation, we need to be reducing our use of fossil fuels especially as oil prices increase with declining supplies. We are part of global agreements to reduce our CO2 emissions by 2020. So fewer car journeys make sense in the future.
According to Schools Travel Plans in my area, parents will not allow children to cycle to school because of perceived and real dangers on the roads.
If cycling on the pavement was permitted before 9am and, say, between 3pm and 5pm, this would
- reduce the need for parents to drive their children to and from school thus adding to congestion;
- result in safer and fitter kids;
- and reduce the pollution and carbon footprint of our towns.
At the same time older folk, who may feel threatened by this, would know that between 9am and 3pm, they could walk with confidence.