Kids Still Aren't Walking to School

Two generations ago, most children walked to school. But the numbers have dropped significantly.

March 13, 2019, 1:00 PM PDT

By Camille Fink

Children Walking To School

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Victor Dover, an urban designer, asked participants at a public event about whether they and their parents walked to school and whether their children walk to school now.

The findings suggest a dramatic decline in children walking to school. Over 85 percent of people’s parents walked to school, but only 61 percent of respondents say they walked to school. And they report that only 10 percent of their children walk to school today.

The informal survey is in line with related data and research about trends in children’s travel behavior. "Children used to regularly walk to school, which gave them exercise, independence, and a connection to their community. Now they almost always are driven, partly because our communities are not designed to be walkable, on a human scale," notes Robert Steuteville.

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