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Understanding the school journey : integrating data on travel and environment.

Pooley, Colin G. and Whyatt, J. Duncan and Walker, Marion and Davies, Gemma and Coulton, Paul and Bamford, Will (2010) Understanding the school journey : integrating data on travel and environment. Environment and Planning A, 42 (4). pp. 948-965.

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Abstract

Travelling to and from school is a regular part of life for most children. Such movement can also have important social, economic and environmental implications for both individuals and wider society. This paper uses innovative methods to examine the complexity of the school journey, and to relate it to exposure to air pollution and engagement with the environment through which children pass. Some 30 lower secondary school pupils used mobile phone and Global Positioning System (GPS) technology to record their routes to and from school in four study periods. They were asked to take photographs and write text messages relating to their route, and these data were then linked to modelled air pollution on the routes through which pupils travelled. Results demonstrate that for most children the journey to and from school is highly variable and contingent on other factors. Pupils that travelled independently (on foot, by bike or by bus) were most likely to engage with their immediate environment, and small variations in route choice had significant effects on the cumulative exposure to air pollution. It is argued that the results shed new light on the everyday experience of the school journey, and have implications for health promotion and transport planning in towns.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Environment and Planning A
Uncontrolled Keywords: School journey ; air pollution ; GIS ; mobile phones ; GPS ; environment
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Lancaster Environment Centre
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Educational Research
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts
Faculty of Science and Technology > School of Computing & Communications
ID Code: 33171
Deposited By: Professor Colin G. Pooley
Deposited On: 05 May 2010 13:38
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 24 Sep 2013 11:23
Identification Number:
URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/33171

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