Less than half of pupils walk to school in Scotland


Official figures reveal less than half of Scottish pupils are engaging in active travel to get to school

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25th May 2017 by Susan Smith 0 Comments

Just under half of Scots pupils are choosing to travel to school on foot, by bike or scooter according to a survey carried out by Sustrans Scotland.      

And the vast majority of the youngsters who actively travel to school do so on foot with just 3.5% saying the used their bike and 2.8% using a scooter or skating to school.

The findings are part of a Scottish Official Statistic exercise carried out by sustainable transport organisation Sustrans Scotland.

A total of 454,777 pupils from 1,926 schools across Scotland took part in the survey, which asks children how they normally travel to school.

Of the 49.2% of pupils who said they normally get to school in an active way, 42.9% said they walked, 3.5% said they used their bikes and 2.8% said they arrived on scooter, or skated to school.

16.7% of pupils said they normally travelled by bus, and 24.2% said they travelled by car or taxi (22.4% and 1.8% respectively). 9.3% said they commuted via park and stride.

Commenting on the findings, Sustrans Scotland’s national director John Lauder said: “We want to thank all the schools who took part in the 2016 Hands Up Scotland Survey.

“The survey is crucial in helping local authorities and partners to build a more accurate picture of how Scotland’s children are choosing to travel to and from school, and helps to pin-point areas where more work can be done.

“Research has shown that increased physical activity can help us lead healthier – and happier – lives.

“By encouraging young people to travel actively for their journey to school, we can ensure Scotland’s children develop healthier travel habits that will be continued later in life.”