Parents urged to walk children to school
Parents are being urged to let their children walk to school and not drive them – in an effort to cut traffic and pollution.
Those kids who are being driven are termed the ‘rear seat generation’ – and there are more and more of them.
There are stark differences between the language regions. In the German speaking areas, only 1 in 10 are taken to school in the car, in the French areas it’s half and in Ticino – 63% get chauffeured.
And the trend is rising – the number being taken to school in a car is up 40% since 2005.
The insurer AXA, which commissioned the study, says more cars on the roads means there’s an increased risk of accidents and children are not learning about the dangers of the road.
The insurer also cites a Danish study which shows children who have walked to school are more alert and quicker witted.