David Blunkett has today told us that more children could go to school by bus, relieving Mums and Dads of the chore of driving their children to school, and freeing our roads of many cars on the school run. It’s an obvious point to make. I wonder if they will do anything about it?
Between the ages of 7 and 10 I walked to my primary school, which took about 20 minutes and involved crossing a couple of busy roads.
From 10 to 14 I took a regular service bus to my secondary school, around 2.5 miles from home, walking to the bus station to get on it.
From 14 to 16 I rode a bicycle to school, and in my last year as a 16 year old I was allowed to ride a motor scooter and park it in the school grounds.
I am told that the UK was a much safer place for children when I was at school than it is under this modern Labour government. People today say you could not possibly allow primary children to walk on their own. If this is so maybe the supervised walk is necessary with an adult taking care of groups of children walking from given estates, as a practical alternative to the bus
Asking secondary school children to find their own way to school is surely part of growing up? As I doubt we will suddenly see fleets of dedicated yellow buses on our streets anytime soon using existing service buses and trains or their bicycles would encourage independence and responsibility. Surely they have mastered the highway code and the need for care when crossing streets by the time they are 11?