Aurélien Fleurot 6:44 a.m., September 16, 2021

On the occasion of European Mobility Week, Europe 1 is looking at home-school journeys.

In our country, the latter are done more and more on foot, with a Covid effect which is not negligible for the French, seduced by walking.


When you are a parent or a child, how do you get to school every day?

This is what the Ifop "Eco CO2" barometer, published on Wednesday, has set out to study about the 26 million journeys made each day in our country.

They represent short distances, with less than two kilometers in 40% of cases, but it is nevertheless the car which is the number 1 option, now closely followed by walking for 31% of those questioned.

A certain Covid effect

Among the explanations put forward for choosing this means of transport, there is first of all the benefit for health.

This is proof that the messages about the risks of lack of physical activity among young people are starting to take effect.

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Observers, however, would soon have considered that the economic situation had nothing to do with it.

"We see that apart from school transport, classic public transport is on the decline: they have lost 4 points", describes Bertrand Dumas, head of the Mobi project launched by the Eco CO2 company.

"There was a Covid effect and the parents preferred not to use transport where the children were close enough to each other. They instead referred to walking."

Cycling and carpooling very much in the minority

The impact on the environment is also one of the main concerns of parents. But it is above all the safety aspect which is essential and which explains this choice to turn to more reassuring modes of travel for short distances. This is the case with the car, walking, school buses, while cycling and carpooling remain very marginal, with barely 3% between them.