In a cross-sectional study of 713 children (10-11 years old) in Scotland, researchers from Glasgow University (Macdonald L, et al 2019), found that home-to-school distance and walkability were both associated with self-reported active travel to school (ATS). A more walkable environment had a larger effect on the probability of reaching a 60% threshold of school journeys using ATS than the probability of always travelling in an active manner. The authors conclude that investment is needed in existing less walkable neighbourhoods to provide infrastructure to support opportunities for children’s ATS.

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