Alison Johnstone welcomes increase in walking to school

Alison Johnstone has welcomed modest increases in walking and cycling to school in Edinburgh. Alison, who is the Green’s education spokeswoman on the City Council as well as newly-elected Green MSP, said the results of a recent “Hands Up Survey” reported in the Edinburgh Evening News, were positive but further investment had to be made to ensure continued progress.

She said: “I’m pleased that the movement is in the right direction and that we are seeing more of our pupils walking and cycling and fewer being driven to school.

“Clearly there is a notable drop in primary pupils being driven to school and that has to be welcomed as the younger we are in getting into these habits, the better.

“However, while I welcome any increase, this survey highlights the fact that we need to do more to encourage pupils and families to see cycling as a safe, attractive way of getting round the city.

“More investment is needed there and I would say the same with walking too.

“We still have too many schools that don’t have regular walking buses and too many pupils who don’t benefit from cycle training.

“By getting as many people as possible to take part in walking buses and cycle trains, we can make it a normal part of the school day.”