Walking to school in Connecticut is now so atypical that the experience makes news each October on National Walk to School Day. Students at schools throughout the state are dropped off at designated meeting spots less than a mile from their destination. At the chosen moment, the procession moves out along the sidewalk under the supervision of teachers, parental chaperones, and sometimes police. An exercise promotion with hints of historical reenactment, Walk to School Day gives twenty-first-century children a taste of what it was once like to travel by foot.1 The national promoters of the event, along with state officials, hope to encourage a return to a daily form of childhood exercise that previous generations took for granted. Yet Connecticut parents balk at suggestions for unsupervised walking in an era of fast traffic and possible abductions. “What parent in their right mind is going to let a 6-year-old walk...

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