To shed some light in the much-debated issue of school traffic, we gathered data from six schools we have worked at in the last couple of years (click on the image above to see the details). In most of the charts, you can see that at least half of the students arrive by car (blue portion) and a small percentage of students walk (yellow) and cycle to school (pink). Public transport (orange) and school bus (green) usage have a greater variation from one school to another. The scenario in each school doesn’t change much when it comes to pick-up mode share.
Of course, there are exceptions, such as School 2, which has a more balanced mode share between public transport, school bus and car, which is the transport mode of less than 40% of the students. However, very few students walk to school and cycling is not chosen by any of the surveyed students.
Therefore, even though the mode share varies in different schools according to factors such as surrounding transport network, bus services provided by school and the accessibility of the site by car, the graphics above indicate the impact of private car in the school transport environment.
Reducing congestion generated by school traffic and improving the safety of students are great concerns affecting not only parents but commuters in general. Understanding how students get to and from school is the first step to finding suitable solutions.
What is your view on this matter? Have you seen any interesting initiatives to mitigate these issues?