Travel To School: Rich Children Ride - Poor Children Walk

May 08, 1998

(Determinants of car travel on daily journeys to school: cross sectional survey of primary school children)

In this week's BMJ a study conducted in primary schools in the inner London boroughs of Camden and Islington, by DiGuiseppi et al from the Institute of Child Health analysed the methods of transport used for the daily journeys to school. They found that whilst most children (69 per cent) walked to school, 26 per cent travelled by car. Attendance at a private school, family car ownership and longer distances to travel to school, were the principal determinants of car travel.

Nine out of ten parents confessed to being worried about their child being abducted or hit by a car. Most children (61 per cent) were rarely or never allowed out without an adult.

DiGuiseppi et al conclude that policies to encourage children to attend nearby schools (to reduce car travel) and that address parental fears, could increase the number of children walking to school and reduce traffic congestion.

The annual distance walked by children has fallen by nearly one third (28 per cent) since 1972. Increased car use has been linked with obesity, adverse health effects in later life, limitations on children's independence, traffic congestion and pollution.


Dr Carolyn DiGuiseppi, Senior Research Fellow, Child Health Monitoring Unit, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Institute of Child Health, University College London Medical School, London


Dr Ian Roberts, Department of Epidemiology, Institute of Child Health


Related Epidemiology Articles from Brightsurf:

Failure to calibrate for ethnicity in fracture epidemiology would do more harm than good
A recent article from the NEJM questioned the use of ethnicity in risk assessment algorithms, including the Fracture Risk Assessment Tool FRAX.

COVID-19: Cuba offers UK salutary lesson in 'shoe-leather' epidemiology
Cuba's successful containment of COVID-19 through door-to-door screening of every home in the country, shows how 'shoe-leather' epidemiology could have averted the dramatic failure of the UK's response to the pandemic.

Epidemiology, clinical features, disease severity in pediatric patients with COVID-19
Epidemiology, clinical and laboratory features of 50 children hospitalized with COVID-19 in New York are examined in this case series.

New algorithm tracks pediatric sepsis epidemiology using clinical data
Researchers at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) have developed a novel computational algorithm to track the epidemiology of pediatric sepsis, allowing for the collection of more accurate data about outcomes and incidence of the condition over time, which is essential to the improvement of care.

Understanding how laws affect public health: An update on legal epidemiology
Laws can have important effects on public health risks and outcomes, while research can provide key evidence to inform effective health-related laws and policies.

Epidemiology: Measures for cleaner air
Worldwide, a broad range of measures have been introduced to reduce outdoor air pollution.

Poor oral health may increase the risk of pancreatic cancer among African American women
African American women with poor oral health may be more likely to get pancreatic cancer (PC).

Epidemiology, pathophysiology, and therapeutic targets in stable ischemic heart disease
In the current issue of Cardiovascular Innovations and Applications, C.

The case for greater focus on mosquitoes, ticks in epidemiology
The textbook approach to managing disease outbreaks focuses on three factors -- pathogen, host, and environment--but it leaves out one critical component in the case of afflictions such as Zika, malaria, and Lyme: the insect or arthropod responsible for transmission to humans.

Living systematic review describes the epidemiology of sexual transmission of Zika virus
Zika virus (ZIKV) may be sexually transmissible for a shorter period than previously estimated, according to a systematic review published this week in PLOS Medicine by Michel Counotte and Nicola Low of the University of Bern in Switzerland, and colleagues.

Read More: Epidemiology News and Epidemiology Current Events is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to