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Rothman et al. (doi: 10.1542/peds. 2013-2317) drive forward to answer this question by comparing a decade’s worth of police-reported pedestrian collision data for children ages 4-12 with the proportion of uninjured children walking to school. What makes the article even more relevant is that the authors looked at the influence of the environment in which the child was walking (e.g. numbers of traffic lights, presence of school crossing guard, etc.).
You don’t have to take a crash course to absorb all the interesting findings worth reading about in this study.
Likewise—don’t stop there, but cruise on to a commentary by Drs. Gilbert Liu and Jason Mendoza (doi: 10.1542/peds. 2014-0600) who break down this study even further and offer their take on why it’s so important to continue to fund initiatives to keep kids walking to school, and to keep them as safe as possible while doing so.
So buckle up and learn more from this provocative study and commentary, which will hopefully convince you that the benefits of walking to school do outweigh the risks.