Jumping on this article about childhood freedom, my wife and I discussed why my 9 and 7 year old don’t walk the 800m to school alone as we walked back home this morning. The only reason is the 4 lane road the have to cross. Sure the city put in lights and a button now, but at least once a week some car blows through the crosswalk. Every few weeks it’s close enough that I have to put a hand on a kid to make sure they don’t continue into the path of a car that doesn’t care if they’re in the way.
Currently trying to get a full-time crossing guard at the road to improve safety. Very tempted to get a sign, some cones, and a high visibility vest and just start doing it myself.