An article in Friday’s NY Times is a wonderful reminder of the value of creative thinking, problem solving and simple cost effective changes.
We are all very aware of the impact of our sedentary ways on both health and the condition of our Earth. In Lecco, Italy, 450 children walk to school each day in an organized “piedebus” system. A “Driver” and parent chaperones guide the walking children along 17 bus routes. In general, the children love the opportunity to share time with their friends and enjoy the out of doors.
The piedebus routes have eliminated more that 100,000 car miles driven and in theory, have eliminated thousands of tons of greenhouse gases from entering the environment. The average bus route is under 1/2 mile. However, many parents have been driving their children to school in private vehicles.