School travel survey results published

A SURVEY funded by Transport Scotland found the majority of kids are getting to school under their own steam.

MORE than half of Glasgow pupils are getting to school on 
foot, bike or scooter.

A survey of more than 20,000 children attending Glasgow City Council schools found 55.4 per cent got to school under their own power in favour of cars 
or buses.

Between 2008 and last year, the percentage of pupils across all schools – primary, secondary, special educational needs and private – cycling to school increased from 1.4 per cent to 2.7 per cent. Those using a scooter or skating rose from 0.4 per cent to 1.9 per cent.

But in the same period, numbers walking to school 
fell from 55.7 per cent to 
50.8 per cent.

The numbers driven went up from 26 per cent to 27.2 per cent – but there was also a rise in “park and stride” travelling, from four per cent to 4.9 per cent.

Bus use saw a dip, from 
9.5 per cent to 9.3 per cent, as did taxi use, which fell from 
1.5 per cent to 1.2 per cent.

Cycling has enjoyed a surge in popularity since Sir Chris Hoy, who was at Bellahouston Park last week, became the most successful British Olympian in history at London 2012.

The results are from the 2013 Hands Up Scotland Survey, which is funded by Transport Scotland and coordinated by Sustrans Scotland.

The sustainable transport charity’s national director John Lauder said: “It is fantastic to see 
that half of our young people are travelling to school actively – on foot, by bike, by scooter or by skating.

“Encouraging active travel habits at an early age is vital and will set children up to lead healthy, active lives in the future.”

 More than 467,000 children from 2017 schools and 540 nurseries from all 32 local authorities in Scotland took part in the 2013 survey.

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