This study of neighbourhood satisfaction has revealed older residents believe it is safer for children to walk to school than the parents of primary school-aged children believe to be the case.
The study, examined survey responses from over 800 residents aged 60 years and over and from over 500 parents of students aged 5 to 12 years living in six Victorian municipalities. The respondents were asked a range of questions about neighbourhood satisfaction.
The survey revealed that 79 per cent of older residents living in metropolitan areas and 69 per cent of those living in regional areas believe it is safe for children to walk or ride to school on their own. In contrast, only 40 per cent of parents living in metropolitan areas and 36 per cent of those living in regional areas agreed that it is safe for their child to travel to school independently
Analysis was based on data looking at children’s independent mobility and active transport collected in 2010 with funding from VicHealth.
The results of the study have been published in this media release and two brief fact-sheets:
Fact Sheet: Neighbourhood Satisfaction among Older Residents (pdf) (11)
Fact sheet: Neighbourhood Satisfaction Among Parents (pdf)