With the end of August, it feels to me like all is well, with the kids back in school. I always feel slightly nostalgic for when my grown kids were school age and I was waving them goodbye as they walked to their classrooms.
However, I do not feel nostalgic or happy about the traffic that is back on the streets, with school bells ringing again. And, I am especially not happy with the huge increase in Oak Park traffic this week. There are a LOT of vehicles on the streets! I think a big contribution to car numbers comes from the Oak Park Unified School District (OPUSD) policy of open enrollment from other districts, for up to one third of their student population.
I am NOT against kids from outside OPUSD going to Oak Park schools. I believe that out-of-district students contribute a lot to the schools, and give the district a viable size for offering a variety of subjects. What I do object to is not seeing any kind of public transit policy in place from OPUSD. Why does it have to be a one car-one or two student de facto transportation policy for the schools?
I rode the bus to school as a kid, and I’ll bet a lot of you did too! And, when I lived in Westlake Village in the the mid-1990s, I saw a school bus there picking up kids, while I was taking my morning walk. Why aren’t there school buses or vans in Oak Park to help alleviate the traffic jam?