Third & Fourth level

  • Light Trails Kingston Bridge
  • Waverley Edinburgh
  • Cyclist Edinburgh
  • Congestion Kingston Bridge

 

Transport choices make a significant difference to global carbon emissions. Motor vehicles are the biggest cumulative CO2 emitters in the world, and it is estimated that around one-fifth of the vehicles on the road at 8.50am are involved in school run. There are also health implications of our transport choices.

Firstly, a larger number of vehicles on the road could be seen to increase the level of danger to pedestrians and cyclists. Secondly, there have been some suggestions, albeit subject to debate, that vehicle pollution can contribute to illnesses such as asthma.

Finally, choosing to walk or ride a bicycle rather than travelling by car is good for our general health and fitness.

Traffic Scotland

Traffic Scotland - Live Cameras
Click on these links to see live traffic camera near your area. When is there more traffic? Does weather affect the amount of traffic? What might the effect of traffic be on air quality in these areas?

  Learning Outcomes: SCN 4-18a
SCN 4-20b

 Scottish Air Quality

Scottish Air Quality
What is the air quality like in my area right now? Air pollution level updated hourly across Scotland.

  Learning Outcomes: SCN 4-18a
SCN 4-20b

 

Scotland's Environment - Infographics
Find out about nitrogen dioxide concentrations in your area. Nitrogen dioxide forms in air from the exhaust emissions from cars, buses, trucks and power plants. Click on the diagram to view a larger version.

  Learning Outcomes: SCN 4-18a
SCN 4-20b

 Learning about Air Quality

Learn About Air - Air Quality for Schools
Schools across Scotland are collecting their own air quality data using roadside sensors provided by SEPA. This page allows you to see the data they’ve collected as well as taking part in activities related to air quality.

  Learning Outcome: SCN 4-18a
Transport Scotland

Transport Scotland - Map Application
Transport Scotland carry out traffic counts every day. Find out how many cars use major roads in your area. Type your town or area into the search bar at the bottom.

  Learning Outcomes: SOC 4-10a

Traffic Scotland

Traffic Scotland - Camera Locations
Location of Transport Scotland’s traffic cams


Scotrail

Scotrail - Maps and Timetables
Maps and timetables for ScotRail.

Traveline Scotland

Traveline Scotland

Traveline Scotland app for iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry.

The award-winning FREE Traveline Scotland app provides comprehensive travel information to help plan your journeys in Scotland.


Apple App Store Android Market BlackBerry 10 Windows Phone

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Learning about Air Quality

Learn About Air - Air Quality for Schools
Schools across Scotland are collecting their own air quality data using roadside sensors provided by SEPA. This page allows you to see the data they’ve collected as well as taking part in activities related to air quality.

  Learning Outcomes: SCN 4-18a

 Opal Explore

OPAL Air Survey
OPAL provide air quality surveys to find out about the quality of the air you breathe in your area. Using indicator species such as lichens and sycamore trees, you could start to consider if there is a link between traffic and transport in your area and air quality. As part of this you should consider the accuracy of any data collected.

  Learning Outcomes: SCN 4-18a
Sustrans

Sustrans - Resources
Resources for teachers and parents from Sustrans.


BBC Bitesize

BBC Bitesize - Urban Environments
A news report about traffic problems in the village of Toome in Northern Ireland. In spite of the building of a new bridge, the village of Toome in Northern Ireland continues to endure traffic problems. Consider the different ways this might affect the people of Toome.

  Learning Outcomes: SOC 4-10a
SOC 4-09b

Geography in the news

 

Geography in the News - Traffic News Reports

Various news reports about traffic issues in Wales from Welsh Government website. Compare the issues commuters and people living in these areas face compared to Scotland. Are there similarities/differences?

  Learning Outcomes: SOC 4-10a
SOC 4-09b

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