The annual Hands Up Scotland poll found 42.9 per cent of children walked to school last year compared to 48.3 per cent in the first survey in 2008.

Stuart Hay, Director, Living Streets Scotland said:

“The number of children walking to school is holding up despite multiple challenges, including a move to larger school catchments and concerns about traffic congestion.

“The situation won’t improve until all Scottish local authorities actively promote walking to school to overcome parents’ fears about safety. This needs to be supported by action to tackle school gate congestion, such as street closures. Finally, it is important to avoid ever bigger schools with catchments that make walking challenging.” 

Download the Hands Up Scotland Survey results press release.