Children's health benefits when kids can walk or bike safely to School

  1. it's the start of a new school year and kids across the united states are putting on their new clothes, strapping on their new book bags and setting out the door to walk the sidewalks to school. well, not quite.
    the new clothes and book bags may remain, but it's likely that kids will be climbing into family vehicles to make the drive to school, where their parents will line their cars up with other parents, inching toward the entrance. in neighborhoods across the country, walking and biking to school seems to be a thing of the past.
    [color=#a93044]dr. tracy mcmillan, a public health and urban planning expert, is a proponent of having children walk or bike safely to school.
    in 1969, about half of all students walked or bicycled to school. fast forward 35 years and less than 15 percent of students walk or bicycle to school, and more than half of them are driven by private vehicle. dr. tracy mcmillan wants to understand why.
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  3. by   gonzo1
    It is easy to understand why parents drive their kids to school and other functions now. Just look at the enormous number of missing kids on the milk carton. They don't do that anymore do they. It is too scary to let your kids walk to school. There are so many perverts out there looking for kids to snatch. I think that is why there is a trend for kids to play outside less too.
    I never let mine out unless I can stay out with them. When I was growing up in the 60s we used to go out all day and roam the town from sun up to sun down but that isn't safe any more.
  4. by   smoo
    I agree wholeheartedly, it is just to dangerous to let children out of your site these days. My friends often make fun of me (in a nice way) saying I'm too overprotective, but oh well, hopefully being overprotective will keep my kids safe

  5. by   CaliNicuRN
    I have been battling this subject since we moved within walking distance to the kids' school. My fear is not so much of one being snatched as I have three that would walk together, but of safety from cars. We have to cross a major street with a stoplight but along the other corner is a high school. Teenaged drivers and my kids walking scares the daylights out of me.