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Children's experiences of care on walking and cycling journeys between home and school in Healthy New Towns: Reframing active school travel

Tupper, Emily; Morris, Stephanie; Lawlor, Emma R.; Summerbell, Carolyn; Panter, Jenna; Jago, Russell; Pollard, Tessa

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Authors

Stephanie Morris

Emma R. Lawlor

Jenna Panter

Russell Jago



Abstract

The Healthy New Town programme in England set out to 'put health into place' by supporting the design and construction of healthy places to live, including by creating safe environments for active travel. To explore the impact of this approach, this study examined how children and their families experienced school journeys in two contrasting Healthy New Towns in England, one an affluent new town in the early stages of construction and the other more economically deprived and established. We undertook photo-elicitation and go-along interviews with 24 children aged 7-12 years and semi-structured interviews with 17 caregivers. We found that experiences of care were important for children's school travel. In the 'deprived' town, opportunities for children to care and to be cared for were enjoyed, facilitated by routes with limited traffic, pockets of 'nature', and possibilities to encounter meaningful others. For families living in a town under construction, the need to negotiate unfinished travel infrastructure, and a sense of being 'in limbo', was experienced as an absence of care by planners and developers. Interventions to promote children's active travel should consider the role of care-full planning in facilitating walking and cycling journeys.

Citation

Tupper, E., Morris, S., Lawlor, E. R., Summerbell, C., Panter, J., Jago, R., & Pollard, T. (2024). Children's experiences of care on walking and cycling journeys between home and school in Healthy New Towns: Reframing active school travel. Health & Place, 85, Article 103147. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2023.103147

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 20, 2023
Online Publication Date Dec 15, 2023
Publication Date 2024-01
Deposit Date Dec 16, 2023
Publicly Available Date Dec 18, 2023
Journal Health & Place
Print ISSN 1353-8292
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 85
Article Number 103147
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2023.103147
Keywords Active travel, School journey, Children, Participant photography, Urban care, Go-along interviews
Public URL https://durham-repository.worktribe.com/output/2033652

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