Keep the children walking: active school travel in Tirana, Albania

Pojani, Dorina and Boussauw, Kobe (2014) Keep the children walking: active school travel in Tirana, Albania. Journal of Transport Geography, 38 55-65. doi:10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2014.05.012

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Author Pojani, Dorina
Boussauw, Kobe
Title Keep the children walking: active school travel in Tirana, Albania
Journal name Journal of Transport Geography   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0966-6923
Publication date 2014-06-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2014.05.012
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 38
Start page 55
End page 65
Total pages 11
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon Press
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This paper examines how characteristics of the physical and socio-economic environment influence children's school travel mode in Tirana, the capital of Albania. A survey of students aged 11 to 13, revealed that an overwhelming majority walk to school, while bicycling and bus use are minimal. Students who walk to school often do so as part of a larger group of schoolmates, attend schools that are located relatively near their house, are faced with relatively few major road crossings during their journey, and belong to families that are less likely to own a car. Children who are driven to school (only 13.5% of our sample) usually have higher-income families and live farther from the school. Although Tirana's high residential density has some environmental drawbacks, we deem it positive in that its result is that most students live very close to their schools and in close proximity to classmates walking to school. The fine grain pattern of the urban public school network contributes to the short distances between schools and homes. We provide a number of recommendations for the promotion of walking in home-school trips, as well as for the future physical development of the city and the school network.
Keyword School travel
Pedestrian transport
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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