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Back to school safety: When can kids walk to school on their own?

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Kids are back in school after the holiday weekend so expect crosswalks to be a bit busier.  While we all know it's common to see kids walking to school, many of us don't know when it's safe for kids to hit the crosswalk on their own.
 
Walking to school is a healthy and popular alternative to taking the bus, and there are steps you can take to make sure your kids are ready to walk on their own.

There's no Colorado law in place setting a minimum age for kids to walk to school. That means it's up to parents to make the call. Generally 9 or 10 is accepted as a good age, but there are additional factors to consider including distance and traffic patterns. 

"Traffic can be chaotic," explains Skyler McKinley spokesperson for AAA Colorado. "We think of it as this orderly thing, but it's chaotic and for parents I think that's where you have to make a decision and really spend a lot of time with your child saying here's how to behave safely."

If your kids are walking to school, make sure to walk with them several times so they're comfortable. If possible, have kids walk together in a group and regardless make sure to remind kids to always use crosswalks and be mindful of all traffic conditions! 

Drivers remember to slow down in school zones and make sure to follow the speed limits. 

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