Kids Not Walking to School

This next report made me think of the crabby old man saying, “In my day we used to walk to school barefoot, through snow and molten lava, and we never complained.” I guess they don’t make kids like they used to because a new study claims that kids living near school rarely walk there. Madeline Vann of HealthDay News has more:
Even though one out of three American children live within a mile of their school, barely half of those students regularly bike or walk to class, researchers report.

Children who live in the South, in rural areas or who have college-educated parents are among those least likely to bike or walk to school, notes the report, which is published in the July issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Sarah Martin and colleagues at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) studied data from more than 7,000 children between 9 and 15 years of age.

They found that almost 35 percent of the children lived within one mile of their schools. Children between 11 and 13 years old were more likely to walk or bike than 9-year-olds. Children whose parents had a high school education were more likely to bike or walk than children with college-educated parents.
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Suzanne - July 12, 2007 11:36 AM

We live in an urban, economically depressed area and it isn't safe for kids to walk to school alone. Aside from the drug dealers there are frequently large roaming dogs that are a danger (many are pit bulls). That's why kids in our area are bused or driven to school.

Monty - July 17, 2007 12:48 PM

I didn't have to walk through snow or volcanic lava, just along sidewalks in Brooklyn at the time when the Dodgers were still there. We did not have school buses. The walk was from Avenue K between East 14th and 15th Streets to East 10th Street between Avenues K and L, and in high school to Bedford Avenue (East 25th Street) and Glenwood Road (near Avenue H). The latter was about a mile. Nobody got lost, passed out from exertion, or abducted by UFO's. For recreation we played punchball in the streets and basketball in the school yards. Television had just started to become popular, and we did not have the abundance of junk foods. These led to the great fizzle-out of both energy and intelligence.

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