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Strategic planning must focus more on secondary school trips

School Streets are a welcome development, but they focus mostly on primary schools. Measures are urgently needed to make it safe for secondary school students to cycle to school, writes Lucy Marstrand, walking and cycling lead at Project Centre

07 September 2020
Figure 1: Temporary Strategic Cycling Analysis Source for the Street Space Plan: Transport for London
Figure 1: Temporary Strategic Cycling Analysis Source for the Street Space Plan: Transport for London
Figure 2: Cycling potential for trips to work in London under the ‘Go Dutch’ scenario. Source: Propensity to Cycle Tool
Figure 2: Cycling potential for trips to work in London under the ‘Go Dutch’ scenario. Source: Propensity to Cycle Tool
Figure 3: Cycling potential for trips to school in London under the ‘Go Dutch’ scenario. Source: Propensity to Cycle Tool
Figure 3: Cycling potential for trips to school in London under the ‘Go Dutch’ scenario. Source: Propensity to Cycle Tool

 

As schools start to re-open for the new academic year, social distancing remains in place while public transport capacity is still low. In England 1.1m  secondary pupils (29%) normally get the bus to school. In London about 300,000  secondary pupils (52%) use public transport to travel to school1. Many will need an alternative. The Department for Education (DfE) is strongly advising “parents, staff, and pupils to walk and cycle”2. Similarly, TfL asks pupils to “walk...

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