The really hilarious thing is that people in this thread think that kids need to be walked to school, or even less - to a bus stop.
Oh the humanity.
I walked to an inner-city school 15 minutes there and back through a ghetto every day since I was in grade 2. (7 years of age). True, it wasn't exactly problem free (I was mugged a few times by bullies (not adult criminals)), but at that age you don't really have anything valuable anyway, and I enjoyed the fact that I didn't have to deal with my parents during my commute.