Fear of other parents’ driving limits walking to school

The BBC is reporting a survey that suggests almost two-fifths of parents are put off from letting their primary-age children walk to school by fear of other parents’ driving…

Some 39% of 1,000 parents of five- to 11-year olds in Great Britain, surveyed for the charity Living Streets, said school-run traffic was dangerous.

And 42% had witnessed aggression between adults on the school run…

Almost two-thirds of those surveyed would like to see car-free zones outside both primary and secondary schools as well as 20mph speed limits in surrounding areas.

An overwhelming 95% agreed the government should commit to improving children’s health and fitness, while 76% said it should encourage more children to walk to school.

Some 82% supported greater use of schemes to make the walk to school safer and easier – for example the charity’s Park and Stride initiative which allows families to park in a safe place about 10 minutes from school and walk the rest of the way.

“Parents are telling us these issues should be a government priority, and we wholeheartedly agree,” said Living Streets chief executive Joe Irvin…

Some 40% of parents in the survey sample said their children were driven to school, while 56% said they usually walked…

The research, published to coincide Walk to School Week, was carried out online by YouGov in England, Scotland and Wales.

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Interesting the government’s own transport figures suggest fewer than half of all children actually walk to school so maybe this survey has picked up a fair few ‘shy drivers’ too?

I’m sure most of us would welcome more children walking to school for general health and well-being reasons, but now so many are used to being driven can you see the genie ever going back into the bottle?

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