Building a world of
resilient communities.

MAIN LIST

 

Streetfacts #4: Children Have Lost the Freedom to Roam


Think of this Streetfacts chapter as a PSA about how, in just a few generations, we have tightly restricted American kids' freedom to roam, play, and become self-sufficient.

The percentage of children walking and bicycling to school has plummeted from almost 50 percent in 1969 to about 13 percent today. Although distance from school is often cited as the main barrier to walking and bicycling, many families still drive when schools are close to home. According to the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, driving accounts for about half of school trips between 1/4- and 1/2-mile long — which in most cases shouldn't take kids much more than 10 minutes to walk.

There are plenty of factors at work here: Lack of sidewalks and safe walking and biking routes. The fallacy of "stranger danger." School districts banning walking and biking outright. But all of these problems lead back to the original and biggest blunder: We continue to design our cities and towns for cars instead of for children, families, and human beings.

What do you think? Leave a comment below.

Sign up for regular Resilience bulletins direct to your email.

Take action!  

Find out more about Community Resilience. See our COMMUNITIES page
Start your own projects. See our RESOURCES page.
Help build resilience. DONATE NOW.

 

This is a community site and the discussion is moderated. The rules in brief: no personal abuse and no climate denial. Complete Guidelines.


Dark Age America: Review

John Michael Greer’s latest nonfiction book looks at the likely …

Strangers Become Family at This Multigenerational Housing Project

The cluster of townhomes and apartments brings together low-income elders …

'Lockdown' Tactic Spreads to Iowa #NoDAPL Resistance

As dozens of protesters looked on, twelve activists were arrested Saturday, …

Bruce Charles 'Bill' Mollison 1928-2016, co-founder of permaculture

Bill Mollison has left a worldwide movement of remarkable resilience. He has …

Urban Transition Cities Movement

Our Transition Initiative is called Urban Transition Cities Movement (UTCM). …

School Days in 2040: Beatriz' Day at the Freire School of Activism

At this school students are activists first, students second. They’re …

A Time for Retrovation

Most people in today’s industrial society believe, or think they …