This morning I saw a dad walking is daughter to school. Nothing extraordinary about that, but it is getting to be a rare sight for kids to walk to school and especially for parents to walk along. This is only the second day of school here and the girl looked maybe 3rd grade. They were about a ½ mile from the local grade school when I saw them, so it wasn’t like a just-down-the-block walk the girl could do on her own.
It looked to me like they were having some real quality time together, conversing in a way they would not have been able to if dad had to concentrate on driving and the girl was safely seated in her booster chair in the back seat. Taking time to walk your kid to school is not practical for everyone, but it is nice to see that it’s not extinct. I also noted the ample sidewalks on low traffic streets which made it possible.
We have a complete streets ordinance here. With new construction on streets, sidewalks and other pedestrian and cycling friendly features are to be added when practical. Maybe that will help make the sight of families walking for transportation and recreation more frequent.