The first couple of times I went to kindergarten my mom walked me there. It was a little less than a mile away, through a tough urban sort of neighborhood. After that I walked there by myself. When my younger siblings started school, we all walked together.
After we left the gritty neighborhood where I spent my first decade, I also walked to school. It was 2-3 miles away from our new house in our new neighborhood. For the first two years of high school I either took what is now called the MetroBus but was then called the Bi-State Transit Authority or I walked. It was about eight miles. Eight miles is a rather long walk but the bus pass cost $5 a week and when I walked I could save the money and buy books.
I just read the statistic that only 9% of kids these days walk to school. I don’t know whether to believe that or not but I can think of several reasons that might be including more people have cars, more school systems use buses than used to be the case, schools are farther way for most kids than they used to be, or parents are afraid of letting their children walk to school. I don’t know whether that fear is justified or not. For most people it couldn’t possibly be more dangerous than my walk to school was.
One big difference might be that my parents both walked to school through urban neighborhoods so they didn’t think anything of it. The suburbs can be corrupting.