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Travel to/from School by Post Primary Pupils: NI 2013 - YPBAS


Department for Regional Development

Subject Keywords: Travel methods, active travel
Topic: Obesity
Type: Report
Region: Northern Ireland

The Department for Regional Development (DRD) has a key interest in the travel methods of young people. It leads the Travelwise NI initiative which aims to promote sustainable methods of travel such as walking, cycling, public transport or car sharing. Travelwise NI is an integral part of DRD’s Transport Policy, Strategy and Legislation Division and delivers its programmes in partnership with TransportNI, the Department of Education, the Department of the Environment Road Safety Branch, Sustrans, the Public Health Agency and Translink. Travelwise NI encourages schools, pupils and parents to investigate the benefits of replacing the daily school run by walking and cycling to/from school where possible. In partnership with the Public Health Agency, it also funds the Active School Travel programme which delivers walking and cycling skills to both primary and post primary school children and supports schools to promote active travel. The Travelwise NI initiative contributes to the DRD 2011- 2016 Programme for Government (PFG) target, to “create the conditions to facilitate at least 36% of primary school pupils and 22% of post primary school pupils to walk or cycle to school as their main mode of transport. This report presents key findings from the ‘Travelling to School’ module of the Young Persons’ Behaviour and Attitudes Survey, carried out between October and December 2013. The results from 3,164 post primary school pupils are based on data which has been weighted by year group, gender and religion in order to reflect the composition of the Northern Ireland post primary population (aged 11 to 16). It provides statistics on the methods of travel of post primary school pupils to/from school and their attitudes to walking and cycling to/from school. This information will be used to monitor the effectiveness of the Travelwise NI Initiative aimed at increasing the proportion of children who travel actively to school.



Rights: © Department for Regional Development
Suggested citation:

Department for Regional Development . (2015) Travel to/from School by Post Primary Pupils: NI 2013 - YPBAS [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 16th October 2019].


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