Clarence Eckerson reports on how Lakewood, OH is a haven for kids walking and biking. Their formula: this suburb of Cleveland is a walkable place to begin with, and the schools are all located so kids can walk and bike to them. In fact, the school district does not have any busing at all. Not only is it great for socializing, the kids get some exercise they wouldn't otherwise get (and the numerous benefits of working off some energy before school) and the city saves a good deal of money.
Why can't every suburb in America do this, instead of sticking kids in huge schools next to big roadways? Why don't more parents demand it?