By: Kate Pabich
Rock Island County parents, a new program could solve some problems when it comes to getting your kids to and from school, it's an initiative with a lot of perks.
It's a YMCA project called Safe Routes to School, and part of it would create a walking bus.
Some Moline parents say it's perfect timing as two elementary schools are closing leaving transportation questions unanswered.
"I think it would be good for the kids as long as it's in a group and it's a good workout for them in the summer I think they'll enjoy it and be able to explore nature."
Christy Filby with the YMCA says the program is still in the research phase but she says it's an important thing to bring to Rock Island County.
"Trying to get more and more kids walking or biking to school it's dropped off about 40% over the last 30 years."
She says the walking bus is exactly how it sounds.
"Walking school but is the same concept as a school bus so as kids walk along a route they pick up kids as they go along."
But some Ericsson parents, like Christie Rimkus, say it's a great idea but it's not the answer to all their problems
"I think it's a safe alternative but I don't think it will solve all the problems, it's not going to help if a parent has an appointment, they'll still have to transport the student on a public bus route."
The YMCA says it's important that kids get 60 minutes of physical activity per day and some parents like Elijah Bunch think this will be a great way to keep their kids moving.
"That would be really good because there are a lot of kids, including mine, who are too lazy and don't want to walk so I like the idea of them getting out and enjoying the weather."
The YMCA is still checking sidewalks and street lights on possible routes.
They're hoping to have the walking busses going by October.