Saturday, December 31, 2011
The National Center for Safe Routes to School recently released “How Children Get to School: School Travel Patterns from 1969 to 2009,” a research report that provides insight into national trends in U.S. school travel. The report describes how student school travel in the United States changed in the past 40 years..
Among the findings:
- From 1995 to 2009, there were no significant changes in school travel trends for students living within one mile of school -- a distance often considered easily walkable and bikeable.
- When all students are considered, regardless of their distance from school, the percentage of students driven to school in personal vehicles increased while walking and school bus use dipped slightly and bicycle use stabilized.
- Parents driving students and teens driving themselves to school accounted for 10-14 percent of all the personal vehicle trips made during mornings of the school year.
To access the full report, visit the National Center for Safe Routes to School website. For more information on Montgomery County's Safe Routes to School program, visit MCDOT's website.