School Run

Meeting: 
MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Reference: 
2009/3485
Question By: 
Murad Qureshi
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Should parents drive their children to school?

Answer

Answer for School Run

Answer for School Run

Answered By: 
The Mayor

My draft Transport Strategy (October 2009) makes clear the objective of encouraging mode shift to cycling, walking and public transport, not only to tackle congestion, but also to improve peoples quality of life and the environment. I support parents making a choice about the best mode to choose for these journeys.

For the school run, this is being delivered through a comprehensive package of support that includes free and discounted travel for under-18s, delivery of school travel plans including support for cycle training, cycle parking, curriculum materials and campaigns such as 'Walk on Wednesdays' to encourage more active travel. Nearly 90% of London schools now have a travel plan and where 'after' surveys have been completed (at approximately 1,800 schools) an average 6.2% reduction in car use has been achieved, demonstrating the success of the programme.