The school run reduces congestion
The popular belief that without the school run traffic would always
run as freely as in the holidays is false, and far from adding to
congestion, the school run reduces it in cities according to the
Environmental Transport Association (ETA).
A spokesperson for the ETA said: “If every child started walking
to school then by next year there would be no lull in traffic levels
over the summer holidays – the extra road space would quickly be
filled by business and commuter traffic.”
Although in a perverse way the school run appears to restrict
congestion, the ETA is not campaigning for more people to drive
their kids to school; children commuting to school by car have as
much (or as little) right to travel in this way as anyone else,
but there are many environmental, health and social reasons why
children are better off walking or cycling.