Hands Up Scotland Survey

The Hands Up Scotland survey provides a snap-shot of how children normally travel to school each day.

Established in 2008, the Hands Up Scotland Survey is the largest national dataset to look at travel to school across Scotland.

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

Schools across Scotland complete the survey by asking their pupils ‘How do you normally travel to school?’.

The responses are then sent to local authority officers who collate the data and return it to our Research and Monitoring Unit for overall collation, analysis and reporting.

A Parliamentary Order was passed designating Sustrans as Official Statistics Providers in the production of Hands Up Scotland on 1 June 2012. Sustrans is currently engaged in the process of confirming voluntary compliance with the requirements for National Statistics status.

The Hands Up Scotland 2016 survey took place between 12 and 16 of September 2016 – with results due to be published on 26 May 2017.

Current publications

National results for Hands Up Scotland 2015 were published on 26 May 2016.

The National Results Excel file contains Hands Up Scotland Survey results from 2008-2015.


Previous publications

The current National Results Excel file, available to download above, contains Hands Up Scotland Survey results from 2008-2015.
Previous Hands Up Scotland publications are listed below.
Hands Up Scotland 2014  
     Statistical News Release.pdf 29 May 2015
     National Results Summary.pdf   29 May 2015
     National Results.xls 29 May 2015
Hands Up Scotland 2013  
     Statistical News Release.pdf 30 May 2014
     National Results Summary.pdf 30 May 2014
     National Results.xls 30 May 2014
Hands Up Scotland 2012  
     National Results Summary.pdf 31 May 2013
     National Results.xls 31 May 2013
Hands Up Scotland 2011  
     National Results Summary.pdf 5 Jul 2012
     National Results.xls 5 Jul 2012
Hands Up Scotland 2010  
     National Results Summary.pdf 16 May 2011
     Local Authority Results Appendix.pdf 16 May 2011
Hands Up Scotland 2009  
     National Results Report.pdf 20 May 2010
Hands Up Scotland 2008  
     National Results Summary.pdf 30 Apr 2009
     National Results Report.pdf 30 Apr 2009

Further information

We work with Hands Up Scotland Survey data on a local authority, school and year group level.

Documents containing Hands Up Scotland Survey 2014 local authority and school level results can be made available on request.

Contact us if you wish to comment or would like further information.