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Travel Modes

This section explores the different modes of travel parents and children choose to get to and from school. Journeys to school account for around one-quarter of all journeys for under 16 year olds. They set children's expectations for how to travel short journeys and tend to be habit-forming.

According to the National Travel Survey the percentage of trips by car for the under 16s has been steadily rising. This has raised concerns about children's health and fitness as they lead increasingly sedentary lives, and about the loss of opportunities for them to learn, as daily pedestrians, about traffic and road safety.

Journeys to school have a significant impact on levels of traffic and congestion. Although exact figures vary it is reckoned that at the morning peak of ten minutes to nine, 16 per cent of all cars on the road are taking children to school. Obviously near to any particular school the percentage is far greater. Many of these car driving parents are motivated to drive - ironically - by the large number of cars on the road.

Click on any of the following headings for more information on travel mode topics:

Background facts and figures, trends and causes.

Health and fitness issues
Benefits of physical activity, other health related projects, and links to further reading.

Pedestrian training, a review of schemes; Some more on school crossing patrols; Walking buses; Walk to School week; Conspicuity; Safe houses; Children's perceptions; Parent shelters.

Background facts and figures; Facilities necessary; Benefits of cycling; Training schemes; National Bike Week; Cycle helmets.

School transport policies; Rights and responsibilities; Pupil behaviour; Contracts; Escorts; Safety record; Parents financing; School transport contracts; Yellow buses; The Audit Commission's recent critical report on School transport.

Sharing and insurance; congestion and drive through schools

Microscooters; rollerblades, skateboards etc.; motorised scooters

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The key theme of this seminar is to share best practice on travel planning and the environment, and to provide delegates with information and ideas from both the public and private sector.

There will be speakers from a range of organisations including WWF, SEPA, Wigan Council, East Dunbartonshire Council and SPT.

Who should attend?

Individuals who are involved in transport and planning from both the public and private sector including local authorities, businesses, universities and Health Boards.

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The seminar will take place in the Teacher Building which is located at St Enoch Square, Glasgow. The venue is a short walk from both Glasgow Queen Street and Central

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Making the Connections - Our Shared Priority?

IRSO 2007 National Conference and AGM
Wednesday 4 July - Friday 6 July
Marsham Court Hotel, Bournemouth, Dorset
AGM - 12noon Wednesday 4 July
Conference commences at 1430
"How can I tackle congestion, enhance safety and improve access and the environment...?" "How do I fit it all together?"

Making the Connections - Our Shared Priority aims to bring the pieces of the transport jigsaw together so that you, as a transport professional, can understand how to deliver the shared priority for transport. With presentations by leading experts on safety, congestion, accessibility and the environment, and practical workshops to help make the links, this conference is essential for road safety officers, travel, transport and accessibility planners, indeed anyone with an interest in improving transport in their local area.

The conference will give delegates a clear understanding of the connections across the shared priority area and how these can be strengthened and exploited back at the workplace. It will also give delegates the chance to meet with, learn from and share experiences with other colleagues, putting the world to rights as they go!

The conference is hosted by IRSO, the professional body for road safety practitioners - the only professional body in the world dedicated to promoting the efficiency, specialised knowledge and career progression of road safety officers. Further information about IRSO, and the conference, can be found at www.irso.org.uk

For booking details, please contact Su Negus at Medway Council on email
Delegate fees:
IRSO Members - £430*
Non Members - £495*
(*For bookings made before 30 April 2007, an early-bird discount will apply)
Fees include accommodation, all food and delegate packs. For further information about exhibiting and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Mark Oldfield, IRSO national PRO on

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