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Tackling the School Run

The Scottish Government has published research findings providing the latest evidence on school transport choices, and which approaches have been effective in influencing these.

The Tackling the School Run Research Study and Tackling the School Run Research Findings were published on 18 January.

The aim of the research was to “provide the latest evidence on school transport choices and which approaches have been effective in influencing these, in order to inform the development of workable and deliverable policies that minimise the proportion of journeys to school made by car while increasing the proportion choosing active travel.”

The research identified there is no single answer to achieving high levels of sustainable transport in schools, but a combination of different elements is of importance. These can be summarised as follows:

- Provision of infrastructure to facilitate sustainable and active travel choices;

- Strong and solid delivery of training to allow safe use of the infrastructure;

- Regular and ongoing reinforcement of initiatives to encourage behaviour change and increase the number of school journeys being made by active and sustainable modes, complemented by periodic events and/or competitions to maintain interest along with incentivisation/reward; and

- Achieving buy-in from the whole school community (including staff, pupils and parents) as well as external parties (including local authorities and delivery partners) and integrating active and sustainable travel fully into the school ethos and culture.

24 January 2017

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