Travel to School: a Study of the Effect of Socio-economic Differences in Secondary Schools on the Choice of 'Travel to School' Modes
A R Woodside, B Gunay and J R Seymour, Transport & Road Assessment Centre, UK
Travel to school and the 'school run' in particular, continue to be areas of particular significance to Transport Planners seeking to reduce the levels of congestion and car dependency. This paper is based on an ongoing study on a provincial town in Northern Ireland where two types of secondary level schools are being studied.
The paper reveals the differences in modes of travel by pupils attending a Grammar School and those attending a 'comprehensive' type High School, and why car use is higher to the Grammar School whereas the number of pupils walking is much lower. The main comparisons examined include the pupils travel mode, their reason for this choice and the alternative forms of transport available to them.
The study included a comparison of the transport mode used and the number of cars in the household, parental occupation and finally the effect of the ultimate destination of the drivers after the 'school run'.
The paper concludes by highlighting the effect of socio-economic status on choice of travel mode and ultimately on traffic congestion.
Association for European Transport