Each morning in Lecco, Italy, a city just northeast of Milan, 450 students travel along 17 bus routes to ten different elementary schools near Lake Como. It is known as the piedibus, which literally means “foot-bus” in Italian.
The program is expanding in different parts of Europe and some cities in the United States. However, as parents, would you risk the chance of your child getting involved in a pedestrian accident on their way to school?
The pedestrian accident attorneys at our law firm do not frown on innovative ideas, per say, but we do have to consider the possibility that routes like these are more dangerous and cause considerable childrens injuries. This idea would probably work in rural areas of the country, but definitely not in large metropolitan areas where there are far too many drivers and far too many unknown factors that can cause car accidents.
A mixture of paid staff members and volunteers wear neon yellow vests leading lines of walking students along the streets of Lecco to provide prevention in the event of any kind of car accident. More than half of the students utilize the walking bus route. Lecco’s foot-bus was the first in Italy, but more have popped up in Europe as well as in the American cities of Columbia, Missouri, Marin County, California and Boulder, Colorado.
The city of Lecco contributes roughly $20,000 annually towards organizing and providing staff members for the piedibus.
“I get to see my friends and we feel special because we know it’s good for the environment,” said a 9-year-old student said.
Our pedestrian accident attorneys still worry about the potential for wrongful death in this scenario, as well as seeing an increase in medical treatments for child who were hit by a car, but know that only time will tell if this kind of set-up works out in the end.
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