“Parking buddies” help tackle issues outside local school

School of Christ the King has taken action to improve pupil safety and stop parents parking on yellow lines – by placing Parking Buddies on the street. 

 They are one of 11 schools in the city to trial the “little people” – cut out models of children with red jumpers to match the school uniform. 

The message on the Parking Buddies is clear: Show you care, park elsewhere. 

Lollipop patrol Carina Harvey says: “So far so good, they seem to be working. They all love them the parents and the children.  

“There has been a problem with people parking – parking up on the pavements and pulling up on the zig zag causing obstruction or using the loading bays…” 

The little people have caused a lot of attention and the school was recently featured on Radio Bristol. The school says in just two weeks there has been a “huge improvement.” 

A Bristol City Council spokesperson said: “The Parking Buddies scheme is a tool offered to schools as part of the long-running ‘Show You Care Park Elsewhere’ initiative, which aims to persuade parents who drive to park away from school or walk, cycle or take public transport.

“Signs have been provided to 11 schools on request to date to help stop drivers parking inappropriately and creating dangers for pedestrians after a successful trial late last year and consultation with Avon and Somerset Police and a further 11 schools have also expressed their interest.’’