Park & Stride

Pilot scheme

Green School Runs (GSR) Park & Stride is a practical solution for getting children safely to school, without driving them to the gates. Park & Stride simply involves driving part of the way to school, parking, then walking the rest of the way. This scheme is especially needed during this very baffling COVID time, when families might feel uncomfortable about using public transport, and are more likely to drive and worsen local congestion and air quality.

Green School Runs is trialling a Park & Stride program in the NW3 area, starting with the O2 Centre. The program will be open to all families with children at nearby schools. Free parking will be available to registered scheme participants during specific school drop-off and pick-up hours. This program is particularly important now, as it can offer a viable way for parents to access the schools most affected by the new Neighbourhoods of the Future Healthy School Streets initiative which will close several streets from all non-residential cars from late September 2020.


GSR wants to express its thanks to the amazing contribution being made by the O2 Centre and Landsec. 

How will it work?

  • Families must register via the GSR website.

  • The pilot scheme will run for the Autumn term 2020 with a maximum of 50 spaces available.

  • The scheme is open to all families with children in all schools in the area.

  • GSR will allocate the spaces using the following criteria:​

    • Child attends school impacted by Neighbourhoods of the Future School Street Zone.

    • Distance from school - children living further away will be given priority.

    • Frequency of drive - children being driven most frequently will be given priority.

    • Age of children in the car - younger children will be given priority.

    • Number of children in the car - larger car pools will be given priority.

    • Order of registration.

  • A minimum of 12 places will be reserved for state school children as, given smaller catchment areas, GSR expects demand from these schools to be lower. However, if there is no take-up on these reserved places by the October half-term then, they will be awarded as per the above.  

  • Successful registrants can park at the O2 centre for free Monday to Friday between 7:45am and 9:30am and between 3pm and 4:30pm.

  • Parking outside of these hours will be chargeable.

  • When using this service, please remember this is an active car park and so children should be supervised carefully at all times.

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