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06/27/2019 at 2:55 pm #32073
Stranger danger is negligible, and crime is down. Let Grow is doing a great job getting the word on that out!
But motor vehicle accidents are non-negligible (a leading cause of death for kids), and from the statistics I’ve seen, the *rate* of kids getting hit is at least steady if not going up (yes, fewer kids are dying from being hit while walking, but the rate of kids walking anywhere is going down way faster, if the rate of kids walking to school is any guide).
We need slower speed limits, more crosswalks, fewer lanes, narrower lanes, more protected bike lanes & bike paths for our kids! At least a statement that more pedestrian-friendly environments would be better for kids’ independence would be a good step. (And please point me to it if it’s out there!)09/07/2019 at 1:37 am #32759
My city, a small town in rural eastern KY, won a grant to build new sidewalks. What good will it be if kids are not allowed to walk home from school on them? When we first moved here, many parents were making us paranoid because of their fear of sexual predators and just general predators. It was so bad, we feared people would call social services on us for letting our children walk/ride bikes to church or town (less than 1/4 mile away) down a street that is so busy (sarcasm) that it doesn’t have line-markings.
Today, my daughter called and wanted me to bring her tennis shoes and running outfit to school so she could go to cross-country practice. I said, why don’t you just run home after school, change, and I’ll take you to practice. Again, less than a mile away. She said she’s not allowed. I called the school to inquire, and I was told she is not allowed to walk because she will have to cross the major 4 lane road that splits our town which has traffic lights, crosswalks, and pedestrian crossing lights. The fear is that someone might run a red light and flatten my child, and the school was not going to accept such high liabilities. My daughter is in the 8th grade and runs for the high school cross-country team. I want to cry our country has become so completely ridiculous.
So… I said I could write a note granting for my daughter to walk home. The school said that would not be sufficient, and that I would have to appeal to the superintendent of the county’s school system and beseech him to grant my daughter his permission to walk home.
AND if that’s not bad enough, the lady is like… we wouldn’t want your daughter to be in an accident, would we???
To her credit, at least we agreed that my daughter would survive without her shoes, and she might learn to think ahead in the future regarding practices.
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