Did you know?

16th May 2003 at 01:00
* Each child makes around 4,000 journeys to and from school in the course of his or her education

* In 1971, 80 per cent of seven and eight-year-olds made their own way to school. Now it is under 10 per cent

* More than a third of children are driven to school by parents - double the figure of 20 years ago

* Most car journeys to school are less than two miles. Short trips cause a disproportionate amount of pollution because catalytic converters take time to warm up

* One in five cars in the morning rush hour is transporting children - parents ditching the car for the school run could save pound;300 a year

* In Denmark, 60 per cent of children cycle to school. In the UK, it's less than 1 per cent

* Researchers are investigating the effects of walking to school on brain power

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