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New research has emphasised the importance of pedestrian-friendly and safe environment for children when walking to school.

New Research on Walkability in Primary School Areas

posted on: Apr 15, 2016

New research has emphasised the importance of pedestrian-friendly and safe environment for children when walking to school. A paper by Laura MacDonald, Paul McCrorie, Natalie Nicholls, Anne Ellaway explains how a study into the built environment and child health created a ‘walkability score’ for primary school catchment areas across urban Scotland to explore the effect of deprivation in urban areas. The study gathered data on built environment and explored whether walkability scores vary by area income deprivation. It demonstrated that there are specific areas within urban Scotland, in particular income deprived areas in Glasgow, where the built environment provides fewer supports for walking to school, and suggests a strategy to improve active travel should focus on these smaller socially disadvantaged areas, with those involved in developing local authority urban and transport policies could work towards providing improved street/path connectivity and reduced levels of traffic on school routes.

Walkability around primary schools and area deprivation across Scotland was published by BMC Public Health on 14th April.