Children’s active trips to school: a review and analysis
Rojas Lopez, Maria Cecilia
Wong, Yiik Diew
Date of Issue2016
School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
This paper provides a review of academic articles in English and some in Spanish, concerning active trips (walking and cycling) to school. It was found that decision on transport mode to travel to school can be rather complex, which is affected by environmental, social, economic, and geographical factors. Experiences from existing programmes and policies highlight the importance of complementing engineering approaches with education to increase active trips and to improve safety. ‘Proactive trips’ programmes should consider parental concerns and time constraints. Active trips provide benefits for children and parents, yet an attendant risk of being involved in traffic accident exists. There is a notable dearth of research into children’s active trips to school (ATS) for tropical environments, and analysis of the economic impact of ATS is minimal. Practices highlighted in this paper can be implemented in countries with conducive active trips infrastructure such as Singapore.
International Journal of Urban Sustainable Development
© 2016 Informa UK Limited. This is the author created version of a work that has been peer reviewed and accepted for publication by International Journal of Urban Sustainable Development, Informa UK Limited. It incorporates referee’s comments but changes resulting from the publishing process, such as copyediting, structural formatting, may not be reflected in this document. The published version is available at: [http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19463138.2016.1264405].