Parents should not let a child walk to school alone until they are mature enough to assess positives and negatives of the surroundings as well as the society they live in.
Walking to school is fun, but because of safety concerns, such as speeding motorists, fear of abductions, a lack of sidewalks, and unsafe street crossings one has to think!
There has to be a solution and it seems to 'promote health, safety, physical activity and concern for the environment,' children and parents all over the world observe International Walk a Child to School Day.
Is there a Walk to School Day program in your area?
You can check the Walk To School Event Calendar to see Who's Walking and to see if a Walk to School Day is being observed in your area.
If there isn't a program in your area, it is not to late to start one. Review the resources on the Walk to School Day website, prepare a proclamation or press release, print flyers and distribute to them to parents and schools in your community.
Before starting a Walk to School event or allowing your own children to walk to school, you do want to make sure that your neighborhood is 'walkable.'
To test your neighborhoods walkability, you should take a walk with your child along the route that he or she would take to school. Among the questions you should ask yourself, and included in the Walk to School Walkability Checklist, about your child's route to school include:
Did you have room to walk?
Was it easy to cross streets?
Did drivers behave well?
Could you follow safety rules?
Was you walk pleasant?
If you neighborhood isn't very walkable, you should take steps to improve your community and make it safer for your kids to walk to school. Problems might include a lack of sidewalks, crosswalks or traffic signals, or too much traffic.