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Decline In Number Of Children Cycling To School

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9:46 AM - 8 Aug 2019



Schools should set drop-off points a mile away from the entrance- so children have to walk or cycle.

That's according to DCU's Professor of Health and Human Performance, Niall Moyna.

CSO figures show that more than 60 per cent of Irish children are driven to school every day.

They reveal that from 1986 to 2011 there has been an 87% decrease in the number of primary and secondary children cycling to school.

Professor Moyna says we need to start promoting healthier ways to get to school, "It galls me when I see parents in their big 4X4s driving less than a kilometre- many of these parents drive in traffic for less than 15 minutes waiting to get to the school. We need an ordinance that you're not allowed to have a stop off less than a mile from the school. In fact in Denmark, I think you cannot access cannot access public transport if you live within 5 miles from the school."



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