Report suggests fewer kids are walking to school

Here's something to think about if your morning routine involves driving the kids to school.

Could they walk instead?

A new report from Metrolinx finds fewer kids in the GTHA are walking to school and that is contributing to congestion on our roads

The report uses data from the Transportation Tomorrow Survey, done every five years since 1986.

It found that in 2016, the number of 11 to 13-year-olds walking to school was down to 36.9 percent, from 39 percent in 2011.

For 14 to 17-year-olds it dropped from 28 percent to 25.5.

The report also found that at a distance of 1.6 kilometres, more kids were driven than were walking. In 1986 that number was 2.2 kilometres.

The reports lead author tells the Toronto Star the data is concerning because it means kids are being driven at distances that are entirely walkable.