I just came across an interesting article discussing the problems of children getting a lift to school instead of walking.
It is no news to regular commuting cyclist's, that traffic decreases when children are on school holidays. At the moment we have school holidays, and I get passed by about 30% of the traffic I normally see when children are back at school. The roads are so quiet.
How can we as a society reverse the trend of driving kids to school.
We had an initiative here that introduced free bus/train/tram travel to any school kid. It was fantastic, the buses were always full and the roads were less congested. Then we had a change of government and that system died a quick death.