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Safety fears cited as main reason why more children don’t travel actively to school

Fears over physical safety have been cited as the main barrier preventing parents and carers from allowing their children to travel actively to school, new research has revealed. The findings come from the School Travel Survey for Parents, released by Sustrans Scotland and the Scottish Parent Teacher Council.

It found that 42.4% 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.

Twenty nine percent of parents also said a lack of cycle routes was a barrier for their child travelling actively to school each day.

The survey, of 1,232 parents from across Scotland, also revealed that convenience for parents was a key factor in influencing whether or not their children travelled actively to school (32.0% of responses). A lack of time (24.7%) was also the third highest barrier for parents when it came to active travel for their children.

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