Safety of students walking to school spotlighted in newly filed Florida Bill HB1043 | Opinion

Florida House Bill 1043, filed Dec. 27, 2019, by Rep. Mike Beltran (Hillsborough), would require district school boards to provide transportation service for students who are subjected to hazardous walking conditions while improving the criteria that determines whether a walking condition is hazardous for them.

The need for decisive action in the legislature is highlighted in part by the fact that the National Complete Streets Coalition has placed Florida at the top of the list as the nation’s most dangerous state for pedestrians and the fact that the nation’s six most dangerous metropolitan areas for pedestrians — and eight of the top 10 — are in Florida.