About us

We promote active travel to enable children to get to and from school safely and independently. We work to make our neighbourhood healthier, safer and more pleasant for everyone.

Dulwich is a unique area with an exceptionally busy school run -  more than 10,000 pupils aged 4+ going to 18 schools within a 1 mile radius. Many children in this area are regularly driven short distances because their parents do not feel that there is a safe and practical alternative. 

Dulwich and Herne Hill Safe Routes to School is a volunteer-led network of schools and parents. We meet termly along with The Dulwich Society, The Dulwich Estate, local Councillors and Southwark officers to share information, ideas, concerns and resources. 

  • We provide an ongoing forum to prioritise road safety interventions, share good practice and find common solutions.
  • We supported Bessemer Grange School Street - first school street in Southwark.
  • We are part of Southwark Council's Cleaner Air for Southwark Schools group.
  • We are working with Southwark Council to establish Quietway 7 as a route suitable for less confident child cyclists while maintaining the safety of child pedestrians.
  • We are supporting the changed route of the Foundation coaches to improve safety and air quality on local streets.
  • We made successful bids for new zebra crossings on Gallery Road and Burbage Road.
  • We made a successful bid with Southwark Council for TfL funds for a Bike-it Plus officer to promote and support sustainable active travel in all our schools.
  • We campaigned for safety improvements for child pedestrians and cyclists at the junction of East Dulwich Grove and Townley Road.
  • We worked with Southwark Council to ensure the correct road markings are outside all our schools to deter dangerous parking.
  • We co-hosted the Jamaican Olympic team's visit to Dulwich in support of road safety initiatives.
  • We worked together in the 2011/2012 Lollipops for Life campaign to reinstate the School Crossing Patrols after they were made redundant.

We're not alone! People around the world are meeting the challenge of making streets safer and more child friendly, encouraging a growing population to change its travel habits.  

Dulwich Young Cyclists

Dulwich Young Cyclists was a campaign subgroup of Safe Routes to School formed in 2013 to help Southwark work up plans for a Cycle to School Partnership. Transport for London subsequently decided not to go ahead with this programme but the research conducted for the project is still relevant today as we continue to campaign for child friendly cycling infrastructure in our community.

Our survey in summer 2013 showed that 80% of parents do not let their children cycle to school, and many feel it is too far to walk. 94% of parents wanted to see a network of safe, segregated cycle routes created throughout the area.