Walking to School

WALKING TO SCHOOL….I’ve mentioned before my surprise at the number of kids who seem to be driven to school in my neighborhood despite the fact that it’s a small and extremely safe place. Well, it turns out that my anecdotal observation is correct: according to the CDC, only 31% of children ages 5-15 who live within a mile of school walk or bike. That’s down from 90% in 1969.

But I still can’t figure out why. Why do parents ferry their kids around when there’s no reason for it? What’s the motivation?

I dunno, but apparently the CDC is on the case and considers this to be a serious issue. In fact, October 4-8 this year has been designated International Walk to School Week. It’s amazing the things you learn with a bit of random Googling….