Walking to school figures ‘concerning’

29 July 2014        

Family walking

Fewer children are walking to school than ever before, according to new figures released today.

Just 41 per cent of children aged 5-16 years walked to school, the lowest proportion since records began 10 years ago.

The statistics were published in the National Travel Survey. They suggested that the decline may be linked to an increase in the distance that secondary school pupils were typically travelling to school.

Our Chief Executive Simon Gillespie, said: “It’s concerning to see fewer children than ever before are walking to school.

“Being physically active is a vital part of looking after your heart, yet only around one in five children are as active as they need to be.

“The Government should be doing more to create safe routes to walk and cycle to school and well-designed neighbourhoods that increase opportunities to get active.”