Children and travel

Habits and attitudes we develop at a young age can often have a profound effect on our behaviour in later life. In the transport arena, our childhood experiences of travel and of various transport modes can shape adult lifestyle choices. Recent statistics have shown striking changes in child travel patterns in the UK over the past couple of decades, with children travelling less, making fewer journeys by walking, and travelling less independently. What might this mean for transport policy as a whole, and is there a case for trying to reverse some of these trends? In this context the ITC is pleased to publish this timely paper from social research expert Kris Beuret OBE, which offers a wide-ranging viewpoint on transport policy and children. The paper not only highlights recent changes in children’s travel, but also explores some of the factors behind those trends, including perceptions of road safety, the issues associated with reduced childhood mobility, and how receptive public transport operators are to children’s transport needs. By uncovering these issues, and providing examples of good practice, the paper makes the case for encouraging greater independent travel by children, and offers suggestions for making public transport more child-friendly. We commend this paper to all policy makers and transport providers, especially those interested in improving childhood mobility and in enhancing the provision of public transport.


  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: 21p
  • Serial:
    • Issue Number: 9

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  • Accession Number: 01602455
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Jun 21 2016 9:47AM