Isn't age 11 old enough to be crossing the street alone?

Funny I came across this old article from 2013 because last night we went out for ice cream cones at a dairy "shack" and I wouldn't let my 12 year old cross the road to catch up with his dad until I said it was ok. It was just busy and I knew other people were not watching out for my son, I had to be watching out for him and at dusk when the visibility is waning I wasn't taking a chance on a car hitting him as he ran across the street.

The article discusses this very thing and makes some good points about the differences in neighborhoods, drivers etc. We live in a rural area and our mailbox is across the road. Only our children 10 and up are allowed to get the mail and even then I find myself reminding them to look both ways and to watch out for cars. Down the street a family lost a 7 year old boy before we moved in. The boy had be crossing the street to the mailbox on his bike. :( They go so fast down our road and we are right on a corner people take fast too.

So is 11 old enough for your child to be crossing the street?

http://www.mothering.com/community/a/isnt-age-11-…

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8Theresa GouldChicago, Illinois
    05/26/14
    Depending with the environment your brought up in.I never learn to cross the road alone till now I am scared .I am from the village. Lol!
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