A few years ago, I’m not sure exactly when, some rule somewhere changed, so now school districts do not have to provide bus service to students that live within 2 miles of their school. It seems that triggered a mad rush to build schools (especially elementary) in the middle of neighborhoods. Though, in fairness, some were already in neighborhoods, like the one down the street from me. But, in the past 5 or 6 years, the helicopter parents problem has become so much worse; doubly so if it is raining. Sometime mornings, I can’t get out of my street because of the half mile long line of cars waiting to drop their one kid.
“Back in my day”, when I went to private school (too many miles away to walk or ride a bike to), I carpooled with some other kids that lived near me. We had to know what all the parents’ cars looked like, and look for a number on the visor to confirm it was the correct car. It wasn’t rocket surgery. And everyone knew not to step off the sidewalk until it was our turn. They don’t seem to grasp that concept anymore.
Also back in my day, after we moved to Texas, in middle school, the years that I chose to ride my bike, I did so regardless of the weather, even when it was freezing, or as close to it as we get.
And another thing… when did school zones get expanded to cover, like, a half a freaking mile or more away from the school? I think the school zone ended about 20 yards down the road from my middle school. I just checked Google maps… Ok, maybe it was like 50 yards, but still, it is only a half a block away from the school property. That was plenty.