Cycling to school: Westminster seventh lowest borough
Westminster has the seventh-lowest proportion in London of pupils cycling to school.
Just 0.46% of pupils in Westminster schools – or fewer than one in 200 – cycle to school. But six other boroughs have lower proportions: Newham (0.20%), Brent (0.22%), Croydon (0.32%), Enfield (0.36%), Barnet (0.45%), and Harrow (0.45%). The authorities with the highest proportions were Richmond upon Thames (3.57%) and City of London (3.40%). Even these levels are far below those in the Netherlands, where 49% of primary schoolchildren and 75% of secondary schoolchildren are reported as cycling to school. So there is plenty of room for improvement in Westminster!
These data, originating from the Department of Education, were collated by Alex Ingram of the Hammersmith and Fulham LCC group. There are a couple of caveats:
- The data are based on a ‘hands-up’ census in schools.
- Data are not available for all schools, especially private ones.
Data on individual schools in Westminster will be useful for identifying requirements for improvements in individual wards as part of the local elections campaign.