US News & World Report, October 9
Author: Nancy Shute
So why aren't more kids walking to school? Sadly enough, because it's considered a radical act at the moment. When I was growing up, the majority of children walked to school. In the rest of the world, it's a given. It's only here that we see a block or two walk as too dangerous:
My friend lives in Chappaqua, N.Y., and the children are not allowed off the bus unless a preapproved adult is waiting for them.
Children in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., are not allowed to ride their bikes to school even with parents.
Some places now think that the school bus stop is too far from some homes, and so they're having the bus stop at each house.