CKinnard wrote:To get a desired outcome, you first have to know why it isn't happening now.
The best information for increasing kids who walk/ride/PT to school are the views of the majority of mothers who drive their kids to school.
The best information on why so many people prefer to commute privately on congested roads rather than use PT or ride bicycles are serious studies into the subject.
It isn't happening because of overt helicopter parenting. My brother and I rode to school even though mum was around to drive us. For us it was independence. Even rainy days we'd chance it. We got hurt. A lot. Always grazed knees and bruises doing stupid stuff (still happens I guess haha). But the bottom line was our parents were just like meh - just watch out for cars. We rode on footpaths mostly and small back streets. It was awesome.
Looking at my young nephews and cousins today and trying to understand why they don't do it - I've got to put it down to outright overprotective parents. Too hot to ride (we got some coins for sunny boys on hot days), too wet to ride (admittedly mum hated this because the wet stuff would mess up the house), cars too dangerous, murderers, rapists and everything else. It's attitude shift that needs to happen the most.
Kind of reminds me of the Japanese model where they send kids out really young to find their way around:
https://www.citylab.com/transportation/ ... nt/407590/
On a side note: People don't take PT because it actually isn't that effective - which is a different problem to kids not cycling to school imo. They can't find parking at the station and the trains are always packed and late. Busing it here takes even more time than driving and end of the day driving wins.