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Short trips and central places: The home-school distances in the Flemish primary education system (Belgium)

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posted on 04.03.2019, 13:20 authored by Kobe Boussauw, Michiel Van Meeteren, Frank Witlox
This paper examines the extent to which home-school trip length in northern Belgium is influenced by the spatial distribution of the school sites, and to what extent this distribution contemporarily functions according to propositions of central place theory. Furthermore, from a sustainable mobility perspective, it is evaluated if the primary school network's density supports a daily urban system based on short distances. The results indicate that the overall system's density meets the requirements of a non-motorized system, while the distribution confirms central place mechanisms. The majority of the pupils live within walking or cycling distance from their school, while opportunities exist to further reduce this distance by choosing an alternative school. However, depending on the structure of the concerned settlement, school accessibility varies considerably. Finally, the results suggest that recent increases in school trip length and motorization are mainly caused by non-spatial factors.

Funding

This paper draws from research conducted within the Policy Research Centre on Spatial Development, funded by the Flemish Government (Belgium).

History

School

  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Geography and Environment

Published in

Applied Geography

Volume

53

Pages

311 - 322

Citation

BOUSSAUW, K., VAN MEETEREN, M. and WITLOX, F., 2014. Short trips and central places: The home-school distances in the Flemish primary education system (Belgium). Applied Geography, 53, pp.311-322.

Publisher

© Elsevier

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Publication date

2014

Notes

This paper was published in the journal Applied Geography and the definitive published version is available at https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apgeog.2014.06.025.

ISSN

0143-6228

Language

en