New figures: 64% of children in Norway cycle or walk to school

Pupils - going to schoolPhoto: Gorm Kallestad / NTB
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A total of 64% of children aged 5-13 years walk or cycle to school, according to figures from the Children’s Travel Habits Survey 2020. This is a small increase from 2013/2014.

The Travel Habits Survey from the Norwegian Public Roads Administration covers the journey to and from school and leisure activities for children aged 5-13 years. 

“The goal is for 80% of all children to walk or cycle to school,” Oskar Kleven in the Norwegian Public Roads Administration noted.

In the National Transport Plan for 2022 to 2033, which was presented last week, NOK 500 million has been set aside for measures to improve traffic safety for children and young people over the next six years.

An increase from 2013/14

Nearly 64% of the children in the survey walked or cycled to school in 2020. That is an increase from 2013/14 when 61% walked or cycled to school.

“It is also the case that 8-9% use public school transport. Out of those who do not use such school transport, 70% walk or cycle to school,” Kleven added.

When it comes to leisure activities, the car is the most common mode of transport for all kinds of organized activity. The figures also show that the number of children who participate in organized activities declined in 2020. The cause may be the corona pandemic, according to the Norwegian Public Roads Administration.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayEducation

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1 Comment on "New figures: 64% of children in Norway cycle or walk to school"

  1. I like how there is no consideration for parents who have to walk their kids to school and spend two hours of their day getting their kids back and forth. Very progressive-

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