Let’s hear it for Nashua, NH, a child-friendly city indeed! Take note, all ye urbanists, city planners, and mayors: Look at how simple a summer-changing, childhood changing idea can be. Nashua is giving kids the gift of transit — and trust. According to the Nashua Patch:
The city of Nashua will launch a summer recreation route bus service that will run from July 7 to Aug. 22.
The pilot program will stop at at popular sites in the city in a continuous loop from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. The service is free for all school-aged children (6 to 18 years old) that register and the city will provide a bus monitor to ensure rider safety.View the recreation route bus map.
A city trolley equipped with a bike rack will be used for the recreation route and included in the loop are: Greeley Park, Nashua Police Athletic League (PAL), Lincoln Park, Foster’s Square, Nashua YMCA, Main Dunstable Fields, Nashua Public Library, Rotary Pool, Girls Inc., Centennial Pool, and the Boys and Girls Club with easy access to Mine Falls Park at several locations.
Even the paperwork is minimal. Parents just need to sign a waiver and their kids are off! What a lot of problems this solves, allowing kids to meet up with each other without being driven or scheduled. More fun, less traffic! And if the bus is popular, the parks and pools will probably all see spikes in use, so really — the bus is a way of getting a bigger bang for the public buck.
Win, win, win, win…well, you get the idea. Anything like this out by you? Any chance? – L.