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The Hands Up Scotland Survey looks at how pupils across Scotland travel to school and is the largest national dataset on school travel.

The 2018 survey will take place from Monday 10 until Friday 14 September with schools selecting one day to carry out the survey.

Each September, schools across Scotland complete the survey in class by asking their pupils ‘How do you normally travel to school?’. Local authority officers distribute the survey to schools and return pupil responses to Sustrans for collation, analysis and reporting.

Over the past few years the number of schools in Glasgow participating in the survey has been decreasing despite more schools across Scotland participating. Similarly the number of pupils being driven to school has been increasing in Glasgow despite low levels of car ownership.

The results provide a valuable annual snapshot of school travel and are used by Sustrans, Transport Scotland and other groups to inform policy areas, monitor trends in school travel over time, and provide information relevant to a variety of health, transport and education initiatives.

For more information about the Hands Up Scotland survey please visit the Sustrans website where you can also download all the information for the 2018 survey. You can see the headline results from 2017 below.

The project is funded by Transport Scotland and is a joint survey between Sustrans and all 32 Scottish local authorities

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Pedal for Scotland returns for its 19th year on Sunday 9 September 2018. Pedal for Scotland’s main event day will feature the 45 mile Classic Challenge from Glasgow to Edinburgh and the colossal 100 mile Big Belter from Glasgow to Edinburgh, which shares the first 25 miles with the Classic Challenge route. There is also a 10 mile Wee Jaunt from Linlithgow to Edinburgh!

Pedal for Scotland, organised by Cycling Scotland, is Scotland’s biggest bike event. Back in 1999, the first event attracted 400 riders. The event has grown increasingly popular with more routes, bigger challenges and more and more participants joining in year on year.

For more information and to book you place please visit their website www.cycling.scot/pedal-for-scotland or follow them on Facebook and Twitter

Scottish_composting_recycling_and_re-use_2016Scottish recycling, composting and re-use of waste from all sources has rocketed past the 60% milestone for the first time. That was the key finding of Official Statistics published recently by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).

  • Scottish recycling, composting and re-use of waste from all sources rockets past 60% for the first time.
  • Food recycling and anaerobic digestion increased 20% from 2015 –
    a 78.1% increase since 2011.
  • Lowest quantity of Scottish waste landfilled since 2011.

In 2016, 6.96 million tonnes (61%) of waste was recycled, composted or prepared for re-use, over half a million tonnes more than in 2015.

What’s more, 2016 also saw more households and businesses recycle food waste as 605,614 tonnes of organic wastes was recycled in composting or anaerobic digestion facilities – an increase of 102,580 tonnes (20.4%) from 2015 statistics and a 78.1% boost since 2011.

Total waste generated in Scotland fell by over half a million tonnes (0.53m tonnes) since 2015, with Scotland achieving the lowest quantity of waste being landfilled since 2011 – a 10.3% decrease from 2015.

Source: sepa.org.uk

Citizens Advice Scotland recently published the findings of a bus users survey in the Your Bus, Your Say report. Over 4,600 people responded witht he highest number of responses being from Glasgow. The three most important issues to people were service frequency, punctuality and value for money.

CAS has explored the experience of bus passengers over the past few years. In 2016, they undertook a bus users’ survey which looked at transport issues in rural areas, and led to the Round the Bend report

Following this, they wanted to explore what bus passengers want which led them to undertake a public survey, asking consumers what aspects of their bus services they are satisfied with and what they are unsatisfied with. CAS also asked what issues were most important to consumers in relation to buses.  This report analyses this ‘Your Bus, Your Say’ survey which was completed in 2017.

Some of the headline results are shown below and the report can be downloaded from the CAS website.

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A new Planning Bill has been published by the Scottish Government. The new legislation to simplify and improve the planning system has been set out by Local Government Minister Kevin Stewart.

Mr Stewart described how the Planning (Scotland) Bill, will create a new structure for a more proactive and enabling system with clearer development plans, earlier engagement with communities, streamlined procedures and smarter resourcing.

The Bill builds on recommendations of an independent review carried out by a panel of experts last year.

Mr Stewart said, “Scotland’s economy needs a world-class planning system. Our planning system must take a strong and confident lead in securing the development of great places that will stand the test of time and this Bill will encourage more people to play an active role in shaping these.”

The Scottish Co-Production Network (SCN) will be bringing people together again for another Co-production Week Scotland. The week will run from Monday 27 November to Sunday 3 December and will feature events, ideas and discussion about how we make co-production happen.

This year the Co-production Week Scotland will be focusing around the theme ‘POWER’ and asking people:

  • How can we address power imbalance through co-production?
  • What are the barriers that inequality of power brings?
  • How do we ensure power is shared equally?

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Recycle Week 2017 runs from Monday 25 September to Sunday 1 October and we’d love you to join our team of Waste Warriors.

Recycle Week is the UK’s annual recycling week, aiming to get everyone recycling more items more often by raising awareness of the benefits and dispelling some of the myths that still surround recycling. Over the course of the week Zero Waste Scotland will be encouraging people from all over the country to become waste warriors and do their bit by recycling as much as they can.

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