Big John wrote:
I live in the same county and have three kids around the same age. I let my 7 and 9 year old go for a 1-mile run in the neighborhood by themselves. There are nearby streets that I have told them to avoid due to dangerous vehicular traffic. I'll side with the parents on this one simply because the county government around here has proven to be complete idiots when judging these kinds of situations.
This is a good parent. Teach your kids independance. I walked a mile to school and back since I was in first grade and so did my kids (6 yrs old). With my kids, I just made sure they walked with friends - although, at times they would be late and walk on their own.