Today is the first day back to school for the Austin area, including my district of Lake Travis ISD. My daughter's daycare is about 5 miles away. Not very far, right? It took me 48 minutes to get there and back this morning!
It took me 3 rounds of the light just to get out of my neighborhood. Then, it's fairly smooth sailing to the daycare because all the hundreds of cars are in the left turn lane to get into the schools. The Lake Travis Middle School, Lake Travis High School, AND the Lake Travis ISD Administration building are all right there on the same corner.
I drop Alyssa off, and get back in the traffic...
However, going South is a different story than going north. Not only is there all the school traffic, so you would think the left lane would now move smoothly because people would be turning from the right lane into the schools, but you have people trying to get to work and this is their route.
Oh my... I was completely spoiled by the summer months as we weren't hear long enough before school let out for me to realize how bad it was.
Here's what irks me... These kids aren't car-pooling!! All the cars turning into the High school parking lot are one kid at a time! Why can't they pick up another kid on their way, or have a neighbor walk over so we can get rid of some of that traffic? I was picked up everyday by a friend when I was in high school, and I took a bus when I was in junior high.
They need to create some rule that kids can only drive to school if there is more than one of them in the vehicle!!
It's now after 9am, and I'm just getting to work. What a waste of the morning hours!