Saturday, September 24

Schools maintain the street closures applied by the covid

Parents and students waiting yesterday to enter the Ciudad de Mérida. / JM ROMERO

Nine schools have decided to keep vehicles away from their doors because exits and entrances are safer


With the return to classes after confinement, traffic was regulated next to the city’s schools to avoid crowds at the doors.

The Local Police and the management teams coordinated an access plan that was maintained last year and has been renewed for the newly released 22-23.

Susana Fajardo, the delegate of Education, says that now there is no health decision, but security. It has been the centers themselves that have requested it because in these two courses they have seen how the safety of schoolchildren has increased with these nearby pedestrian perimeters. By moving vehicles away from the gates, the risk of being run over in the vicinity is reduced and traffic jams are avoided. “We have responded to the request again because we want to continue collaborating to make school environments safer.”

The street closures have been set in two time slots, from half past eight to ten for the entrance and from a quarter past one to half past two for the exit.

In the South Zone, next to the Octavio Augusto street, Bartolomé Torres Naharro street is cut, one of the sides through which many families enter. In El Calvario, next to Federico García Lorca there is also a section next to the school for cars to stop. In the neighborhood of San Lázaro, the access control has been placed in Marqués de Paterna for Machado. In the North Zone, a pedestrian section is enabled for the students of the City of Mérida. In Argentina, where many cars converge during peak hours because there are several schools nearby, the special regulation for Giner de los Ríos is also maintained.

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In Nueva Ciudad, the Atenea cooperative was one of the first to implement measures years ago to minimize risks. In the center, El Trajano has also opted for this formula once the works on Félix Valverde Lillo street have been completed.

Along with the cuts and the coordination with the Local Police so that these limitations are respected, there are also three centers that have put in place what are called safe school routes.

They have a more ambitious objective, they not only limit the use of the car next to the centers, but also encourage children and families to walk.


Safe school roads was an initiative promoted at the national level by the General Directorate of Traffic to reduce the use of the car in school trips in cities. The DGT and the town councils are collaborating to reinforce the signage at crossroads and pedestrian crossings so that children can go in groups from their neighborhoods to nearby schools. As explained by the delegate Susana Fajardo, in Mérida there are three schools that have put it, the Atenea, the Ciudad de Mérida and since this course the Trajano.

In the Trajano there was precisely at the end of last year a debate on the new format. The semi-pedestrianization of Valverde Lillo already prevents cars from approaching the door and some parents asked for an exception to be able to continue entering, from the City Council they explained that the trend was precisely the opposite, gaining safety by moving cars away and offering alternatives to park little time, but not at the cost of walking to the door.

From the center they had also appreciated that access was safer with the closures due to the street works and that the most appropriate thing was to maintain them at the end. Hence the bet for some to walk.

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