School Travel

Our research aims were to understand the reasons why parents/carers continue to commute to school by car in a post-pandemic environment despite active travel journeys increasing during Covid, and to identify the barriers to active travel.   

Using a variety of research methods (online focus groups, written responses, online and in person surveys) we targeted five schools off the back of the 2019 School Street pilot programme, with additional schools to ensure coverage of a range of types and environments. A total of 95 individual parents/carers responded during the research period in 2021/2022.

Responses were coded into four overall themes: driving positives, driving negatives, active travel and sustainable transport barriers and mode shift enabling factors.The key findings formulated recommendations to inform future research, policy, infrastructure implementation and behaviour change initiatives – see the Executive Summary 

CoHSat School Travel Report Executive Summary And Shortened Version