Scottish Cities

Active travel to school by mode, Scottish Cities
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The numbers of children travelling to school actively (by bike, on foot or skating/scootering) have declined since 2008 in Aberdeen, Dundee and Glasgow. However, while the numbers of children walking to school have reduced, there have been rises in cycling and skating/scootering. Edinburgh had the highest level of active commuting in 2019 with six out of ten children travelling to school actively. In 2019, Edinburgh also had the highest proportions cycling (7%) and skating/scootering (7.8%). 

Walking to school, Scottish Cities

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Approximately half of all children walk to school. However, the numbers of children walking to school have declined since 2008 in all four cities. Aberdeen exhibited the largest percentage reduction in walking (-24%).

Cycling to school, Scottish Cities

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The numbers of children cycling to school have increased since 2008 in all four cities. In 2019, approximately 5% of children were cycling to school in Aberdeen and Dundee, with 3% doing so in Glasgow, and 7% in Edinburgh.

The numbers of children skating and scootering to school has risen steeply in the last decade in all four cities. In Edinburgh more children skated or scootered to school in 2019 than cycled (7.8% versus 7%).

Notes

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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