NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla.- Parents in one North Fort Myers neighborhood say their children's trip to school every morning is too dangerous. WINK News cameras captured kids dodging cars as they crossed busy streets without a sidewalk.
The area of West Creek Circle off Barrett Road, heading south toward Pondella, is the area in question. There are no sidewalks at this location, but it becomes increasingly more dangerous as children walk toward the curve where cars come up unexpectedly.
The kids range in age six to twelve and make the nearly one and a half mile walk down Barrett Road without a sidewalk and sometimes in the way of traffic. The children live within two miles of the school and no longer receive courtesy busing. That's part of the school district's tranportation overhaul to save money and cut down on bus times.
As a result of our story, the district says it will review the walking conditions to determine whether an exeception should be made and a bus stop is put in place, much to the relief of parents and students. The district says it's doing safety assesments across the county where walking conditions may be unsafe. It's unclear if and when a bus stop will be added for the kids at this location.