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Old 05-11-2014, 10:27 PM
 
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Man if walking to school is so ubiquitous why do just 13% of kids do it? Quick Facts | Safe Routes to School National Partnership

Anecdotes aside it it just not common. At all.
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Old 05-11-2014, 11:59 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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Anecdotes aside it it just not common. At all.
Anecdotes aside, the point of the article was that even suburban school districts can choose to locate their schools near their pupils' residences and not on the outskirts of town where few pupils are able to walk to school safely.
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Old 05-12-2014, 07:29 AM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Man if walking to school is so ubiquitous why do just 13% of kids do it? Quick Facts | Safe Routes to School National Partnership

Anecdotes aside it it just not common. At all.
I don't know why. Does your link say "why"? Or does it just give the facts. As I said, I was part of a school transportation survey, and even at neighborhood schools with NO busing, meaning the kids all live within the 1 1/2 mile distance and can walk to school safely (our district does provide buses for kids within the 1 1/2 mi if they have to cross a busy road), most kids get driven.
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Why did most kids get driven there?
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Old 05-12-2014, 09:09 AM
 
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Why did most kids get driven there?
At what age can children walk to school by themselves? | National Center for Safe Routes to School

An 10 year old is about 5th grade and more than halfway out of grade school.
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Old 05-12-2014, 03:46 PM
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Anecdotes aside, the point of the article was that even suburban school districts can choose to locate their schools near their pupils' residences and not on the outskirts of town where few pupils are able to walk to school safely.
Yes. The above requires some cooperation between the city (which Lakewood is) and the school district, something I've been touting on this forum for a long time. One thing that is missing from this article is how many students actually DO walk/bike to school? The video did state that on "Bike to School Day", about 220 kids biked to school out of 5,800 students. That's not even 5%. I bet most are driven.

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Why did most kids get driven there?
That was not the focus of our study. We weren't allowed to survey the kids or their parents due to school district policy that any such surveys have to be about education. So we just counted.

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At what age can children walk to school by themselves? | National Center for Safe Routes to School

An 10 year old is about 5th grade and more than halfway out of grade school.
That's what I've seen in professional public health literature, too.
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Old 05-12-2014, 07:05 PM
 
Location: Youngstown, Oh.
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At what age can children walk to school by themselves? | National Center for Safe Routes to School

An 10 year old is about 5th grade and more than halfway out of grade school.
I walked to school until 4th or 5th grade. (1987 or 88) Then, they started making us take the bus. We could see the school from our bus stop.

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Old 05-12-2014, 08:09 PM
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I walked to school until 4th or 5th grade. (1987 or 88) Then, they started making us take the bus. We could see the school from our bus stop.
How does this work? No one may enter the school by foot? A giant fence?
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Old 05-12-2014, 09:45 PM
 
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When I was a child in the 50-thru early 60's we rode bikes and walked to schools. then they decided politically to end neighborhood schools and that ended. By high school you either rode on commercial bus or you paid for a ride or you bought a car. The busing systems are a public political special interest and massive now. More and more schools feed the children free and provide more and more to point it actually is effecting tax based need and reduce salaries by cost of who pays the funding. Government has become the middleman between you and free market compensation.Poeple think they are getting subsidized healthcare and also getting higher wages are fooling themselves. The middleman has spoken where that money goes.
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Old 05-13-2014, 06:53 AM
 
Location: Youngstown, Oh.
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How does this work? No one may enter the school by foot? A giant fence?
I don't know.

Our bus stop was at the top of the hill in this view:
https://www.google.com/maps/@40.7717...a-IUsPQdKw!2e0
And, if you turn 180 degrees, the back of school is behind the trees. (the trees weren't there, and the school was clearly visible from our bus stop, when I was a kid) Maybe they wanted all students to come in the front doors?
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