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?
We live in a rural area as well. I wouldn't let my ten year old go across the two lane highway by himself. While I watched, or with a group? Sure. But like you were saying, people FLY down that road. It's scary even to me to cross it on foot.