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The full report on the study can be found here.
While not nationally representative of all American schools, the travel patterns documented by the study’s 6,500 schools show an upward trend in walking.
In 1969, 48 percent of students in grades K through eight walked or rode their bikes to school. That's compared to only 13 percent in 2009. The study "Trends in Walking and Bicycling to School from 2007 to 2014" was compiled from 720,000 parent surveys throughout the United States. Researchers analyzed school travel patterns to learn more about school and household factors that may influence families’ school travel mode choices.