School run on the decrease

* Rising cost of living hits parents * More than a quarter no longer use car * 19% of motorists buy bike for short journeys...

School run on the decrease

Fewer parents are driving their children to and from school but it's only because of the spiralling costs of living, rather than a growing environmental awareness.

That's the finding of a poll by price comparison website Usure.

More than a quarter of poll participants said that they no longer use their car for the school run and, of these, 79% said that their children now walk to school instead.

The financial crisis has reversed a trend in which the number of children being driven to school doubled over the past two decades. An estimated one in five rush-hour motorists participate in the school run.

The poll also revealed people are increasingly leaving their cars at home on other trips. In total, 78% of respondents said that they are walking more and 58% said that they were walking to see friends and family who lived locally.

Cycling has benefited, with 15% of motorists saying they have replaced four wheels with two on some journeys and 19% saying that they have bought a bike to keep costs down.