|Chiswick Children Put Their Best Foot Forward|
Majority of local students choose to walk to school
Figures released by the Department of Education shows that the majority of school children in Chiswick use their two feet to get themselves to school.
As part of research carried out for School Travel Planning (STP) which looked at all the problems caused by travel to and from schools during the day, the figures showed that most children walked to their primary school with car being the second most popular mode of transport ahead of cycling.
Figures showed that the bus was the most popular form of transport for Chiswick Community School pupils, with walking second and a surprisingly large number of pupils, 120, getting a taxi to school.
All schools in the borough, including independents, are expected to now have a travel plan in place which helps reduce the negative effects of this daily flow of pupils, staff and parents. Solutions put forward in these plans should concentrate on making the journey to school more sustainable (less polluting and damaging to the environment), healthier (using active transport methods such as walking or cycling which provide children with valuable exercise) and safer for all children and adults.
September 4, 2009