Parents fear children will be put at risk as hundreds face losing their school bus passes.
More than 800 youngsters across Fife may no longer be entitled to free school travel with the implementation of a new policy for assessing suitable walking routes.
The new policy being consulted on could mean 23 routes previously deemed unsuitable being reclassified as suitable.
Pupils who live within a mile of their primary school or two miles of their secondary school who can use these routes would no longer be entitled to free transport.
Parents in some parts of Glenrothes are furious at the proposal for their children, and say it would take them through woods and poorly-lit and isolated paths on a route that would take 45 minutes to an hour to walk.
They have also warned more pupils will be driven to school, adding to congestion and the potential for accidents.
Shelagh McLean, head of education and children’s services, said: “Our consultation on walked routes to schools runs until December 14.
“We’re keen to get feedback to help us shape the policy so that we can take a consistent and fair approach across all of our schools.”