Study shows fewer K-12 students walking to school

April 8, 2016 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

An article by  Caroline Alphonso in the April 6 2016 issue of the Globe and Mail titled Driving Children to School sparks Concern discusses the results of a report released by Metrolinx showing that more students are being driven to school as opposed to walking or biking.

From the Metrolinx news release:

“The study (, conducted by University of Toronto Mississauga Professor Ron Buliung for Metrolinx’s Smart Commute program, uses Transportation Tomorrow Survey (TTS) data to examine changes in school transportation in the GTHA, from 1986 to 2011. The study shows that as the number of children and youth walking or biking to school has declined over a period of 25 years, the number being driven/driving has more than doubled. In addition, 56 per cent of 11-13 year olds walked in 1986, and 12 per cent were driven to school. By 2011, 39 percent of 11-13 year olds walked, and 31 per cent were driven to school.”

From the Globe and Mail article: 

“Ron Buliung, a University of Toronto geography professor and lead researcher on the study, said parents are generally driving their children to school on their way to work because it is convenient. But walking to school not only has physical benefits, it has also been associated with improved academic performance and socialization.

The study was released by the regional transit agency Metrolinx and used data from a travel survey conducted every five years. The study suggests that patterns are established in childhood, and children who are active make more sustainable transportation decisions later in life.”

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