NEPTUNE BEACH, Fla. -- The Fletcher High School PTSA is upset about drivers putting children in danger by parking in bike lanes.
A video clip posted to the Fletcher High School PTSA Facebook page shows several cars illegally parked in the bike lane along Seagate Avenue just outside the high school, as students are picked up and dropped off.
The post begins: "This is the illegal and DANGEROUS parking situation on Seagate Avenue at dismissal time every day." It said PTSA sent letters home with students and even told parents about not doing this, but to no avail.
"I usually see about two or three cars about every day," Fletcher ninth-grader Jack Betoni said.
Betoni said he sees the illegally parked cars every time he rides his bike to school.
"It's kind of difficult sometimes because when school's just getting out, everyone crowds the sidewalk and so it just make it harder on me to get home," he said.
"There was this one time I almost got hit actually, ninth-grader Atalyah said.
Other students said they've had close calls with drivers.
"It was pretty close and they were going pretty fast and I don't know how I didn't get hit, it was a little scary," she said.
People were still parking in the bike lane on Tuesday, but this time, both school staff and Neptune Beach police told them to move. Police said they've heard the complaints and now assign an officer to the school, whenever staffing levels allow.
A Duval schools spokesperson said they are working on decreasing congestion during pick up times and that they are monitoring the situation.
If parents obeyed the law, his parents could sleep better at night, Betoni said
"It's better for us bikers, we can get home easier, and our parents don't have to worry about why it takes us a long time to get home," he said, in regard to people not parking illegally.