Road safety fears stop children from walking to school

Safety fears have been cited as a major reason why more children don’t walk or cycle to school.
New research has revealed that parents prevent their children from making their own way to school as they fear for their safety.
The School Travel Survey for Parents, released today Monday, 8 January) by Sustrans Scotland and the Scottish Parent Teacher Council (SPTC), questioned more than 1,000 parents from across the country.  It found that 42% of parents felt that unsafe walking and cycling routes, a lack of or inadequate pavements, ineffective or lack of crossings, unsafe school entrances and dangerous driving were all major factors which prevented their children from walking, cycling or scootering to school.
Around a third of parents also said a lack of cycle routes was a barrier for their child travelling actively to school each day.
“These findings formalise what we have been hearing anecdotally from parents and teachers for some time,” said Sustrans Scotland’s Lynn Stocks.
“Increasing the number of pupils travelling actively to school is a simple way of providing children with the moderate intensity of exercise required every day. However it is clear that as long as parents feel that these journeys are not safe, they will be unwilling for their children to travel actively.”

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