By: Alondra Zarate
People walking, cars honking, bicycles passing by, skateboards grinding against the asphalt, and the train running through the wind. What might all of this commotion be? It is some of the different routes and transportation Samueli staff and students use to get to school everyday
You can’t just snap your fingers and magically be at school, so that means you use some kind of transportation. Different types of transportations include walking, driving, carpooling, busing, etc. A variety of transportations are used to get to Samueli. Just like Bella Speer, a senior, and Joshua Howard, another a senior, who both take different ways to get to school. “I have a lot of flexibility, I drive and I have my own car,” says Bella on how she gets to school. While Bella drives to school, Joshua has to take three buses to get to school.
Based on their transportation, the time to get ready and leave for school varies. Not every morning is the same for each person Bella Speer wakes up at 6:50 a.m. and gets to school around 7:10 a.m. Joshua Howard has to wake up every morning around five o'clock in the morning. “I get really tired and tend to fall asleep more than I should’ve and sometimes end up being late for school,” he says. As you can see, it’s different for everyone.
Not only is transportation important for students, but also teachers and staff. Mrs. Boxeth has to drive to work, while also taking her two kids to school. Although it is a little bit easier for her because her kids go to the same school she works at, however it is also hard because her and her kids have very different schedules and it can throw off their morning routines.
As you can see, routes to school, in general, have changed a lot throughout the years. As it says on saferoutesinfo.org, “In 1969, 89% of K-8th students who lived within one mile of school usually walked or biked to school. By 2009, only 35% of K-8th grade students who lived within a mile of school usually walked or biked to school”” This tells us that people now use different alternatives to get to school rather than just walking. The graph below, from saferoutesinfo.org, shows that compares travelling routes to school nationally throughout 1969 and 2009.
As you can see, everybody has a different schedule and routine to get to school. Some drive, some use buses, others walk, etc. So how do you get to school?
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