My wife & I spend 6 months a year in Mission, Texas in the Rio Grande Valley. Mission is a small town & I'm sure no kid here lives more than two miles from school. This is ideal bicyble tranportation country yet almost no one here cycles to work or to school. The climate is benign year round and the terrain is flat. At the end of the school day, there should be hundreds of kids on bikes streaming out of school yards.
Instead, the district BUSSES kids to & from school, a complete waste of money, IMHO. Those not on busses, get picked up by their parents, often driving 5,000 pound pickups and SUV's. This in a low crime small town with wide streets where it is safe for kids to cycle.
Crabby old John A.