Safety fears are main reason Scottish children don't cycle to school, finds survey

Results of survey conducted by Sustrans Scotland and the Scottish Parent Teacher Council finds that over 42 per cent of parents unsafe cycling routes prevent children from riding or walking to school

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Concern over safety is the number one reason why parents do not allow their children to cycle to school in Scotland, the newly-published results of a survey has found.

The survey conducted by Sustrans Scotland and the Scottish Parent Teacher Council (SPTC) found that 42.4 per cent of parents "felt that unsafe walking and cycling routes, a lack of or inadequate pavements, ineffective or lack of crossings, unsafe school entrances and dangerous driving were all major factors which prevented their children from walking, cycling or scootering to school."

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Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, an exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.