Who is Walking or Biking to School? Patterns from the 2017 National Household Travel Survey and Future Directions

Source: Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC)

Information about school transportation mode share and the factors associated with active travel to school can be used by organizations for planning, prioritization, reporting, and evaluation. While local and State-level data collection practices and uses vary, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Household Travel Survey (NHTS) is the only source for national-level surveillance data about school travel. These data can be used to measure movement toward achieving national health objectives and as benchmarks for local communities evaluating their own mode shares. This info brief explores what the 2017 National Household Travel Survey can (and cannot) tell us about how students travel to school.

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