Things parents say…when you ask why they won’t let their kids walk to school
“I’d never let my child walk to school. It’s too far.” Compiled from survey responses and conversations with parents at meetings and informal discussions, the video conveys common answers when parents are asked why they do not let their children walk and bike to school. These comments are followed by what children say they like about walking and biking to school.
The video was developed by the New Jersey Safe Routes to School Resource Center, supported by NJDOT with funds from the Federal Highway Admin and presented by Leigh Ann Von Hagen, AICP (Senior Research Specialist, Rutgers University) and Laura Torchio, AICP(New Jersey Advocacy Organizer, Safe Routes to School National Partnership) as part of a presentation at the pro walk, pro bike, pro place conference in Long Beach California in September 2012. Discussion followed about parental risk perception and safety concerns, as well as what motivates children to walk and bike to school. Parental attitudes are the principal factors in determining whether a child walks and bikes to school.
As the video reports, nearly 50% of American kids walked to school in 1969 and today that figure is 13%. Parents dropping their kids at school account for 25% of morning traffic. The number of children who are overweight or obese has tripled in the last 25 years. And studies have shown that children who are physically active have improved mood and concentration, a stronger self-image, and more self-confidence. Sounds like great reasons to walk and bike to school with your children!!
To check out the long version of our SRTS video, click here!!