Resor till skolan

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Hans Thulin

This project is part of the VTI topic "Traffic safety analysis". The investigation on journeys to school is based on a questionnaire based traffic safety survey (TSU92-) carried out by VTI and the Swedish Road Administration and on the official statistics relating to accidents reported to the police. Half the journeys to school were on foot or by cycle. Journeys on foot were seldom longer than 2 km, and cycle journeys seldom longer than 3.5 km. Girls walked more often than boys. Boys cycled more often than girls. The journey time to school was on average 8-9 minutes on foot, by cycle or by car, while it was three times as long by bus. Much more time was spent in the traffic environment on the journey home than on the journey to school. It was also usual for the mode to be changed; for instance, pupils travelled to school by car and walked home. The risk of school pupils being injured in a traffic accident was 50% higher during school time than during a similar period when it was not a school day. Primary school and higher secondary school pupils ran the least risk. To a large extent, this was due to the fact that these two groups, more often than the two others, middle and secondary school pupils, travelled by bus or car to and from school and less often as vulnerable road users. The risk run by secondary school pupils was twice as high, and that by middle school pupils 50% higher, than that run by primary school and upper secondary school pupils.

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