As a young child I caught the bus, then we moved and were about 20kms to school do we caught the bus again. We used to sign my brother in and out of child are which was down the road from the school, I am another believer that older kids can thrive ob responsibilities like that (I would've been 11-12).
In high school we'd moved again and I used to walk 20 mins to the bus depot to get the bus on the days I had early classes.
My kids are too far to walk to school, I've been looking into the bus (public bus that goes straight up one main road and stops across from the school where there's a footbridge), but everyone I speak to, inc the school thinks I'm crazy for even considering it- except my sister-in-law and mum. I don't think my hubby will be keen either. I don't see why TBH.