School Transport Survey

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Earlier this year, parents were asked to complete a survey on how their children were transported to school, what parents felt were the main issues regarding transport and traffic management around the school and what their views were on potential solutions to ease traffic congestion around the school. 128 parents completed the survey which has provided a large set of data for us to work with. Many thanks to all who took the time to complete the survey.

The results of this survey can be viewed by clicking on the attached link: QPS Travel Survey (002) in addition, following are a few points summarising the feedback received;

What do parents see as the main traffic related issues around the school?

  • The largest area of concern raised by parents was “traffic congestion” this was stated by around 95% of parents who responded to the survey
  • This was followed by “Parked cars obstructing views” of the road and “parking on keep clear markings” stated by around 75% and 70% of parents respectively.
  • When parents were asked to be more specific, by some margin the largest stated concern was “Burgess Road and cars parking opposite the school blocking the view for the crossing guide”.
  • This was followed by “Rosebery Avenue and heavy parking which made it difficult to see or cross between parked cars”.

Why don’t more parents encourage children to cycle to school?

  • The predominant reasons parents did not encourage children to cycle to school was “cycling on footpaths was too busy or narrow” and “roads being far too busy”.

What would encourage parents to let their children cycle to school?

  • Far more than any other, the major incentives raised by parents were “dedicated cycling routes to school”, stated by 89% of parents who answered the question
  • This was followed by “cycle training for children” stated by 72% of parents
  • Almost 30% of parents who answered the question stated that “nothing” would encourage them to let their children cycle.

What would encourage parents to let their children walk or use the bus?

  • “Less traffic”, “slower traffic” and “safer places to cross the road” were the primary motives stated by parents
  • These were followed by “road safety education” and “child pedestrian training”.

Drop off Locations

Parents where asked where they dropped off their children.

  • Over 65% of parents drop off their children at either Burgess Road or Station Road.
  • This is followed by Rosebery Avenue at around 13%.

How do children travel to school?

Parents were asked how their children travelled to school.

  • Walking was by some margin the most common method of children travelling to school with 63% of parents stating this
  • The next most common form of travel was car with 25% of parents stating this
  • Around 5% of parents state that their children travel by scooter or skates
  • 6% parents stated that their children travel by “park & stride” i.e. parents parking at least 400 metres from the school and children walking the rest of the way
  • Depending on the day of the week, between 1-3% of parents stated that their children cycled to school
  • There was very little variation in the method of children travelling to school according to what day of the week it is

Do children travel to school alone or in company?

  • Almost 50% of parents stated that their children travelled with an adult to school
  • Children travelling alone, with another adult or with friends were the next highest groups with 13-15% of parents stating each of these
  • 10% of parents stated that their children travelled with friends to school
  • Parents were asked to provide information for all their children attending school and generally the ratios stated above were the same for each child

How far is the journey to school?

  • Almost 84% of parents stated that their children travelled less than half a mile or between half a mile and a mile to school
  • 8 % of parents stated that their children travelled between 1 and 2 miles to school
  • Almost 5% of parents stated that their children travelled more than 3 miles to get to school

Why do parents drive their children to school?

  • Just over 45% parents stated that they drive their children to school because they are on their way to work
  • Just over 30% of parents stated that their children were too young to travel to school independently
  • Around 13% of parents stated that it was too far for their children to walk to school
  • Just over 9% of parents stated there was not enough time to walk to school

What would encourage parents not to drive to school?

  • “Safer crossing points on the journey to school” and a “ban on parking near or around the school at start and finish times” were by some margin the most popular options. These reasons were each stated by 45% of parents
  • The next most popular proposals were “knowing that many other children were walking to school” and “increased road safety information”. These were both options selected by around 25% of parents

Other points

  • Around 60% of parents stated that they would consider a car share and the same proportion stated they would use a walking bus (this is where children meet at a pre-determined location each morning e.g. a supermarket car park and are then accompanied by adults to school)

Next Steps

The school will continue to engage with the city of Edinburgh council road safety department and utilise information provided through this survey to draft a comprehensive traffic management plan for the school. This could include;

  • Traffic awareness campaigns, in some cases driven by pupils, to encourage more considerate parking around the school
  • Looking at ways to encourage more children to walk to school e.g. trialling a “walking bus”
  • Engaging with the CEC to explore the feasibility of implementing traffic management measures such as pedestrian crossing and targeting double yellow lines

 

Watch this space for further updates and please feel free to engage with any member of the PC for further information

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