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vs. age at which your kids walked to school alone. How great is the difference?

I walked to and from school alone at age five - Kindergarten. School was three blocks from home and I had to cross three streets. All the crossings were a four way stop on residential roads.

My kid isn't in school yet, so no data point there. But I'm guessing he won't walk to school when he's five. I wonder if it would even be lawful.

Just curious. Not trying to judge.
 

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5th grade. I was bused before that. Schools were a couple miles away.

We moved closer to the schools when I started 5th grade.
 

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Uphill - both ways?

Six for me (about a mile, one-way). My kids were 7 or 8; but then we're only a couple blocks from school.
 

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Back then, closest sccool was 6 miles...not happening.
Now 2nd grade, school is .4 miles. But walk? (7 year old) "Walk?, why would I do that when I can ride my bike? Sheesh" Gotta love kids.
 

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Age 5, kindergarden. it was 2 doors down from my house, I'd walk to school from home. After school I'd walk about 5 blocks to the daycare until my mom came home from work. Then I'd walk back home again.
 

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i think i walked to school at about 2nd grade. i think i'd walk to a friend's house that was 1 block from my house and we went the rest of the way together.
 

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No kids.

Started walking to school with my sister from age 6 (first grade) on. After the first year or so, I came and went on my own. School was about 1/2 mile, mostly about 1/3 through backyards, 1/3 on a very residential (slow traffic) street, 1/3 on a path through a big field. So it was extremely safe.

A year or two ago, a friend of mine let her son walk over to the comic book store. He was 10 or so, but he's a huge kid and looked about 13. It's about three blocks from their house. No major streets to cross, one intersection with traffic lights. You walk along a fairly busy street most of the way, but it's got wide, safe sidewalks because it's kind of the downtown area.

After he'd been gone about 20 minutes, the cops pulled up at her house with him. She was sure he'd gotten in some kind of trouble somehow. Nope. The cops rousted him because he was walking down the street, and looked to young to be walking alone. He told them how old he was, where he lived, and where he was going, and they put him in the cruiser and took him home. Then they gave his Mom a lecture about letting little kids just wander around the streets.

So it would probably now be illegal to let Otie walk to school until he's 16 or so.
 

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Like you, I had the incredible fortune of growing up in a genuine city neighborhood with tons of kids and little traffic. Two streets to cross, sidewalks lined with houses. I walked to school without adult supervision starting in Kindergarten, typically with other kids.

My kids never walked to school, at first we trucked them across town to Montessori and then when then ended our locale didn't support it as a safe option. We lived in a semi-rural community which meant the route involved roads with no sidewalks and irrigation ditch paths with no oversight from neighbors.

Even if we'd lived in the same kind of place I grew up in, I doubt I would have allowed them to walk unescorted, I just think it's a different world we live in today.
 

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I started walking to school alone when I began first grade; I was five years old (six in November of that year). I had to cross two streets by myself. The third and final street crossing before my school had a school crossing guard. Since I came home for lunch, I did the trip twice per day. On Fridays, I usually had lunch at my grandmother's house, which was about six blocks from school and the walk included the crossing of a major intersection a block from my grandmother's house. When I was in First and Second grade, my grandmother would meet me at the intersection and walk me back to it after lunch.

My children never have walked to school. Their school is about a mile from our house and there are no sidewalks between our house and the school. One can, however, take a shortcut through a golf course and avoid walking on the edge of busy roads. Occasionally, they have walked home from school when the weather was good. But, I would note that Mrs. S grew up in the house in which we live and starting with 7th grade went to the same school that our daughters attend. She walked to and from school every day. My mother-in-law, who had no problem with my wife's walking to and from school, has protested the loudest about the possibility that our daughters would walk to or from school. She is worried that criminal elements might attack the girls on the golf course. Although there has not been any increase in crime in our neighborhood since Mrs. S was a girl, my mother-in-law worries about the general increase in crime in society, etc.
 

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Walked home from school in first grade, with the chicken pox.
 

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It was 5 or 6. I can't remember. Justice Street Elementary. I used to cut through Orcutt Ranch, which was a pretty fun place for a kid. There was a creek, and lots of trees. It was dark and spooky.
 

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kindergarten was when we started walking to school. over a mile. we lived on the corner of the farthest boundary. if we lived across the street either way, we would have gone to another school. it was actually closer, but we were in the other boundary. i had an older sister, so it wasnt a HUGE deal for me. not sure when she started walking alone.

the first few years we walked with the two neighbors three doors down. and then whoever lived in the duplex, if they were elementary-aged. for a while we all walked together and would pick up other kids on the way there.

we could start riding bikes to school on teh last day of third grade.

The Wife and i were talking about this the other day when i brought up questions about how The Kid was gonna get to preschool, and then school (which is around the corner). she couldnt believe we walked as far as we did without parental supervision. she was blown away when i talked about doin it in the snow storms.

on my ride the other day i remembered how some kids, if they lived close enough, got to go home for lunch. i doubt they do that anymore.
 

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6 years old......first grade.

I had to cross 6 major intersections and it was about a mile one way. The last intersection by the school had a crossing guard. We came home for lunch so it was twice a day. There were 3600 kids or so in the grade school & everyone did the same thing (Very few families had 2 cars and very few mothers drove), so the closer you got to school the more kids were walking.

My kids were always bused to school.

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I never took the bus to school, or walked. We didn't live too far from school that walking was impossible, but a parent always drove us.

I don't have children of my own, but I would imagine that they would be carpooled or driven directly to school. (Unless the school were to be literally 5 minutes away.)
 

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We mostly rode our bikes to school until High School.

No snow in Hawaii but it did rain a lot.
 

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weltyed said:
kindergarten was when we started walking to school. over a mile. we lived on the corner of the farthest boundary. if we lived across the street either way, we would have gone to another school. it was actually closer, but we were in the other boundary. i had an older sister, so it wasnt a HUGE deal for me. not sure when she started walking alone.

the first few years we walked with the two neighbors three doors down. and then whoever lived in the duplex, if they were elementary-aged. for a while we all walked together and would pick up other kids on the way there.

we could start riding bikes to school on teh last day of third grade.

The Wife and i were talking about this the other day when i brought up questions about how The Kid was gonna get to preschool, and then school (which is around the corner). she couldnt believe we walked as far as we did without parental supervision. she was blown away when i talked about doin it in the snow storms.

on my ride the other day i remembered how some kids, if they lived close enough, got to go home for lunch. i doubt they do that anymore.
Kindergarten too. We had the old fashioned neighborhood school. I don't think anyone got bussed. There were tons of kids from our street going at the same time.
 

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3 long blocks when I was 5.
I had a heck of time getting my pumpkin home after the trip to the pumpkin farm.
Half way home I dropped it and it crack in half.
I made a mental note to myself to pick a smaller pumpkin next time.

FYI

Don't know if happens everywhere, but at our school the K4 and K5 teachers stand outside with the kids and won't let them leave with out a parent.
Pick up by older siblings, relatives or friend requires a note at drop off.
 

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5 or 6 for me; my kids lived across the street from school

Five for me, too, possibly 6. I know I walked in first grade, can't remember about kindergarten. it was about 3/4 mile, and the min distance to take the bus was a mile. No big deal in those days--most kids DID walk. In jr. high we walked about a mile and a quarter by preference, because the bus was dorky. SF Bay Area, so no weather problems.
My kids went to grammar school in the '80s, and we lived across the street, so it wasn't an issue. I probably wouldn't have let them walk far, though, because as all modern parents realize, there are kidnappers and perverts in every passing car.
 
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