2008 - Research

Why Don’t More Children Walk to School?

Only 14% of students aged 5-14 years usually walk to school.

  • The most frequently reported barrier to walking to school is distance.
  • For students that live within 1 mile of school, implementation of effective pedestrian interventions can reduce the traffic dangers that prevent children from walking to school.

Beck, Laurie F. and Greenspan, Arlene I. “Why Don’t More Children Walk to School?” Journal of Safety Research. 39.5 (2008): 449-52.