Municipality taking extra measures for children to get to school safely

Published: 8 May 2020Modified: 15 May 2020

The primary schools in the Netherlands were allowed to reopen as of 11 May. Safety can be ensured if residents of The Hague comply with the corona guidelines and if traffic safety around the school is improved. The municipality will consult with the schools to see whether additional traffic measures are needed in the coming weeks.

Parents and residents are advised to:

  • Keep a distance of 1.5 metres.
  • Bring children to school preferably on foot or by bike.
  • Let children walk the last metres to school by themselves, if possible.
  • Avoid busy routes.
  • Residents: try to remain indoors during school the drop-off and pick-up times.
    Watch the video message of Deputy Mayor Robert van Asten on the YouTube channel of the municipality

    Improving traffic safety at schools

    The municipality conducted a quick scan during the May vacation to see where additional traffic measures were needed in the city. Traffic safety will be improved at at least 64 schools. The schools are located throughout the city, but especially in the Centrum, Escamp and Scheveningen districts.

    Temporary measures will be taken in consultation with the schools. Possible measures include:

    • Parking spots will temporarily be abolished (number of spots by the school will be made available for bicycle parking  and to create space so that a distance of 1.5 metres can be maintained).
    • One-way traffic
    • Making the street a ‘school street’ (temporarily closing a street during drop-off and pick-up times).
    • Schools can also indicate to the municipality whether they think measures are needed or desired. The municipality can use traffic wardens, signs, fences and marking tape to work with the schools to improve traffic safety.  

    Temporary measures at intersections

    To make sure that it does not get too busy on routes to school and work, the municipality is also taking temporary measures at 40 intersections in the city. Traffic management systems will hold traffic lights longer on green for pedestrians and cyclists. This way they can move through the city faster and they can keep distance from one another. Intersections where the green light will be adapted are: Erasmusplein, Vaillantlaan/Hoefkade, Loosduinseweg/Regentesselaan, Spui/Amsterdamse Veerkade.

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