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Old 03-31-2017, 01:41 AM
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The thread that Baypro has about school buses made me think of this. If you get behind a school bus in my area you may as well cancel what ever you were going to do. It's almost impossible to pass them because they are constantly stopping. What happened to bus stops? I walked a block to the bus stop every school day, it was no big deal.

Our next door neighbor is unbelievable with the school bus. The bus stops & waits & waits, then the driver will blow the horn. I've seen the bus sit in front of their house for 5+ minutes waiting for the kid to get out of the house. Seeing this drives me nuts, if we weren't at the bus stop the driver won't wait.

I'm sure it has something to do with liability but when did buses start making stops at every kids house? If you get behind one you are screwed because you never have a chance to pass because the bus is constantly stopping. The bus will stop in front of little Billys house, then move forward 100' and stop to let little Mary out. The bus driver just ignores the little up of vehicles behind them. I have never seen the bus driver pull over and let all of the cars behind them go by. It takes forever for the bus to get every kid off. I have seen the bus after 4:30p still dropping of kids.

Do you have bus stops in your area, or does the bus stop at every single house?
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Old 03-31-2017, 02:17 AM
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we have two or three stops in the neighborhood where the kids gather. if you ain't three when the bus comes you better be ready to walk or have mom drive you.
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Just ignore the flashing red lights and sign.


I completely agree. Way too many stops, let them walk a little.

Another thing on the subject that annoys me is mommies driving their kids to the bus stop and letting little Johnny wait in the heat or AC, toughen up!! They park right at the intersection at the beginning of our neighborhood blocking a lane. When you are leaving, you have to go out the wrong lane on a hill in a curve.

Yes, the DOT, in their infinite wisdom, approved one of our neighborhood entrances on a hill in a curve. It's great fun during ice storms.
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Old 03-31-2017, 04:25 AM
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We have two bus stops in the neighborhood, maybe 100-150 yards apart, about 1/2 dozen kids at each stop
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The bus drivers on the rural roads around here are pretty good about helping traffic get around. They do stop at several driveways in a row though.
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Its because crazy people are everywhere now and no kid is safe walking to the bus stop..
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Our neighborhood is about the same. The bus stops at each kids house at the main loop even when a couple of the houses are side by side. The only gathering spots are for the kids in the two culdesacs. The only reason for that is the bus can't make the turn around at the end.

Luckily I'm out of the neighborhood must of the time before the buses come.
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Its because crazy people are everywhere now and no kid is safe walking to the bus stop..
I truly don't believe it is any different now then it was when I was a kid. You may see it reported more as the media is looking for its next story.
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We have one case that is even worse. Big (government subsidized) apartment complex. Takes more than one bus, and they stop at ever apartment block. There are about 200 units in the complex, split into blocks of 10. Each block shares a staircase that goes down to the parking lot. They stop right in front of each sidewalk leading to a staircase. Each is about 100' from the next.

Granted it is off the road, which doesn't hold up traffic, but that is just stupid. Have one designated spot for all the kids for the entire complex, and let them all in, and all out, in one place.
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I truly don't believe it is any different now then it was when I was a kid. You may see it reported more as the media is looking for its next story.
There are fewer abductions now than when we were kids. We just hear about it waaayy more often.
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
...Have one designated spot for all the kids for the entire complex, and let them all in, and all out, in one place.
I've seen this approach over by one of my offices that has apartment complexes around it.
Woe be unto you if you get into that loading/unloading wait.

When they are out waiting to be picked up there are about 100 kids of all ages. Maybe more.
Multiple buses show up at the appointed time and stop the road for the entire loading process...it takes at least 15 minutes.
Unloading is just as bad.

The road this is on is used as a "shortcut" through traffic.
It has dished out the big surprise to many unsuspecting folk.
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I walked a mile to the county line road to catch my bus.... uphill.... both ways... in the snow... in Northwest Florida...
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A buddy of mine was behind a school bus pulling up to the school to let kids off. The bus stopped and doors opened, the red lights still going. He went around the bus slowly and drove down the street. A cop stopped him and gave him a ticket for passing a school bus with red lights on.

He went to court and won against the ticket. You can pass an unloading school bus at a school as long as you go 10mph or less.

One for the good guys.
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The amount of stops is ridiculous. Many times you see 2 stops only yards away from each other. Absolutely no reason you can't combine some stops.
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In neighborhoods we have bus stops that people have to walk to, or sit in their parents vehicles along the rode. I have no issue with this.

The main roads they stop at either each house or at the entrance of the small side road to pick up children. Does it get annoying being stuck on a road a few miles long, yes, but I don't go online to complain about it. I just leave earlier or just enjoy my life in general because getting upset over a bus stopping to pick children up changes nothing but your blood pressure and mood.
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Originally Posted by rusty spoke View Post
The amount of stops is ridiculous. Many times you see 2 stops only yards away from each other. Absolutely no reason you can't combine some stops.
I almost get it in rural areas where there are no sidewalks or formal crossings. Zero excuse for there being more than one bus stop per block where there are sidewalks and formal crossings.
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
I almost get it in rural areas where there are no sidewalks or formal crossings. Zero excuse for there being more than one bus stop per block where there are sidewalks and formal crossings.
Exaclty, posters act like it was the children that asked for these policies. Nope, probably a parent but when you see some of the roads with no shoulders and think of some 5 or 6 year old walking in the dark along these roads I can see a bigger issue letting them walk these roads.
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Its because crazy people are everywhere now and no kid is safe walking to the bus stop..
I think you hit the nail on the head, add to this all the a$$holes wrapped up in their cell phones?
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