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.