01 Feb, 2011 Last updated: 29 Jan, 2015

This research is the Australian component of an international project on children’s active travel and independent mobility.

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This research is the Australian component of an international project on children’s active travel and independent mobility. A 1990 study led by Dr Mayer Hillman explored the degree to which English and German children were able to travel and play outside unaccompanied by adults. Twenty years later, researchers repeated their surveys of parents and children, and in addition, invited international collaborators to repeat the surveys in their own countries.

Presenting data gathered from surveys in Victoria in 2010, the aim of this report is to compare levels of active transport and independent mobility among primary and secondary schoolchildren in urban and rural Victoria, and to describe parents’ and children’s views in relation to these behaviours.