Glasgow City Region

Active travel to school, Glasgow City Region

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There has been a reduction in overall levels of active travel to school in this period in all the local authorities with the exception of East Renfrewshire. The largest drop in active travel was in Inverclyde where levels of active reduced from 49% in 2008 to 32% in 2019, a reduction of 17%.

Despite these reductions, walking to school remains the most common way for pupils to travel to school.  Levels of cycling and scootering/skating have risen in recent years, although travelling to school using these modes is relatively uncommon.

Walking to school, Glasgow City Region

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Levels of walking to school have reduced in every local authority in the Glasgow City Region, except East Renfrewshire, in the last decade. Reductions were most notable in Inverclyde, West Dunbartonshire, Glasgow and North Lanarkshire. 

Cycling to school, Glasgow City Region

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Levels of cycling to school have increased in all local authorities to some extent since 2008, although cycling remains a relatively uncommon way of travelling to school.  For example, in Glasgow, which has the largest modal share for cycling, only 3.3% of pupils cycled to school in 2019.


Active travel as defined here is any kind of travel to school involving significant physical activity and includes walking, cycling and scootering/skateboarding.

The Sustrans Hands Up survey has been carried out in most councils in Scotland since 2007.  However not all schools in a local authority participate and not all pupils in every school surveyed take part.  This may bring unforeseen biases into the results and may compromise some of the comparisons.

For more information go to the Sustrans website.

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