Established in 2008, the Hands Up Scotland Survey looks at how pupils across Scotland travel to school and is the largest national dataset on school travel.
The project is funded by Transport Scotland and is a joint survey between Sustrans and all 32 Scottish local authorities.
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 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 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.
Hands Up Scotland Survey 2017 results coming soon
Please note we will publish the 2017 Hands Up Scotland Survey results on Thursday, 24 May 2018.
Hands Up Scotland Survey 2016 results
The National Results Summary Report, National Results and Statistical News Release were reissued on 21 June 2017, due to an omission of a small number of schools in two local authorities, Clackmannanshire and East Lothian. Values from the previous publication of the report (25 May 2017) have been updated to include primary school pupils omitted in error. This has had a minor impact on national mode share and response rates, as well as a minor impact on mode share and response rates at the primary school level. These reissued documents supersede any previous versions that you may have accessed.
Hands Up Scotland Survey data request
Hands Up Scotland Survey results are available at a national, local authority and school level. Users of the Hands Up Scotland Survey Official Statistic that would like to undertake more detailed analyses for a specific project, where the national level documents do not provide the required information or format, may submit a data request to the Hands Up Scotland Survey team.
|Hands Up Scotland 2015|
|Statistical News Release.pdf||26 May 2016|
|National Results Summary.pdf||26 May 2016|
|National Results.xls||26 May 2016|
|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|