one in three children driven to school live less than a mile away

A new survey of parents has found that one in three children who are driven to school live less than a mile from the school gates, and 10% of parents will drive their children less than 500 yards.

The survey, conducted by the ParentDish website in association with OnePoll, surveyed 2,000 adults with school-aged children about their school-run plans for the term ahead.

The results show that 68% of parents would like to walk to school with their children, but don’t.  Unfortunately, the article doesn’t mention whether they were asked about cycling to school.  Given that 33% of the parents who did drive their children to school worried about lack of exercise and 30% were concerned about the cost of petrol, cycling would be a great way to remove both those worries.

Given the UK’s current under investment in cycling infrastructure,  it’s not possible for all children to cycle safely to school. However, where there are cycle paths, off road routes or quiet roads, cycling to school is an ideal way to both save money and keep children fit.

Here at Cycle Sprog we’ve got more information on how to cycle to school with primary aged children, plus our top 5 reasons for cycling to school

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