- Active travel can increase the concentration of children by up to four hours
- There is a positive relationship between physical activity and academic performance
- Physical activity encourages healthy growth and development and helps to maintain a healthy weight, improving muscular strength, endurance and flexibility
- Actively traveling builds exercise into the daily routine. It is recommended that 5 –
18 year olds get 60 minutes of moderate or vigorous exercise every day
- 15 minutes exercise can significantly improve a child’s mood
- Exercise can help to reduce anxiety and stress
For more information see – The Benefits on Active Travel for Young People
- 1 in 5 cars on the road during peak morning times are involved in the school run
- Short car journeys, like travelling to school, create the most pollution
- Most children live 1.5 miles or less from their primary school
- In slow moving traffic the pollution levels inside a car are 2-3 times more than outside.
- On average every time a child is driven to primary school and back their car releases 84 balloons worth of CO2 into the atmosphere
- 90% of children own a bike. 48% of children want to cycle to school. Only 2% of children actually do.
- A 10 minute walk will take 3 minutes by bike.
- A 30 minute quick walk uses about 150 calories – the same as 3 apples, a slice of pizza or a cream egg.