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July 17, 2020

How Do Staff, Students, and Families Get to School?

by Anthony Ahn

In 2019, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) conducted a district-wide school transportation survey to evaluate the state of school commutes in Washington, DC. In the survey, they found that students and families are more likely to choose sustainable transportation options than teachers and staff. Results show that only 33% of elementary students are driven to school, while another 33% of parents walk their youngest child to school, and 59% of students have used Kids Ride Free cards. On the other hand, 78% of the District’s school staff drive to work alone, while only 2.2% ride a bike to school. The survey also revealed that 43% of school staff commute from Maryland and Virginia.

As a school administrator, you may be wondering what you can do to encourage the use of sustainable transportation to ease weekday trips for your wide variety of commuters. One easy first step is to provide information about sustainable commute options to educate staff and students. According to the DDOT survey, 73% of families and 77% of school staff do not receive transportation information from their school/employer. Download the survey infographic.

Let goDCgo help you stock up on the right transportation information and resources for your students, families, and staff! All materials are complimentary for schools including custom get around guides, educational flyers, and commute surveys to help you get the most applicable information to those that drive to your school. By encouraging commuters to leave the car behind and promoting alternative transportation modes, you can help make the District of Columbia a greener, more livable city for everyone. And, you could be recognized as a goDCgo Transportation Ambassador for your efforts! 

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