They call them "Play Dates" now. We live out in the boonies, so anytime our 7 year-old wants to play with a friend, they have to set up "Play-Dates". We have to drive him to the friends house, or the friend gets driven to our house. Unfortunately, there aren't any close friends that he can walk to. Speed limit in on our road is 45, and cars consistently do 60, so no way he is going to ride his bike somewhere. Yes, when I was a kid, I road my bike on the exact same roads, BUT back then, we could ride for miles and only get passed by a car or two. These days, the stream of cars coming out of one town going to another town, has all but choked our little back roads with traffic.