Databank. School travel advisory group

Nutrition & Food Science

ISSN: 0034-6659

Article publication date: 1 August 2000

Citation

(2000), "Databank. School travel advisory group", Nutrition & Food Science, Vol. 30 No. 4. https://doi.org/10.1108/nfs.2000.01730daf.014

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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Databank. School travel advisory group

Databank

School travel advisory group

Transport, education and health ministers have welcomed the first report of the School Travel Advisory Group (STAG) which was set up to find ways to encourage walking, cycling or taking the bus and train to school. The report's recommendation included improving safety on the journey to and from school including the better provision of travel facilities, more road safety education for children, better training for bus drivers and improving enforcement of speed, parking and other traffic regulations. A return by 2010 to mid-1980s levels would mean many more schoolchildren walking, cycling or taking the bus to school. This would mean benefits for health, education, transport and the environment. The Government is now considering how to make funding available for facilities such as lockers, secure cycle storage and bus bays and has commissioned a study into ways to increase bus use for journeys to school. Already 37 schools have been chosen to take part in a pilot scheme. Over the last ten years, the proportion of journeys to school by car has nearly doubled from 16 per cent to 29 per cent. At 08.50 in the morning during term time, one in five cars on urban roads is taking children to school. For further information contact: The Public Enquiries Unit. Tel: 020 7944 3000; e-mail: press@detr.gov.uk