INDIAN HARBOUR BEACH, Fla. — A Brevard County father said the after-school pickup line is creating dangerous conditions for students trying to walk or bike home from Ocean Breeze Elementary School in Indian Harbour Beach.

What You Need To Know

  • Jesse Aiello says drivers in the after-school line park on the Yuma Drive bike lane near Ocean Breeze Elementary School

  • Aiello says it forces students on bikes to use the sidewalk or road, causing close calls with pedestrians walking on the sidewalk

  • Indian Harbour Beach police plan to move much of the pickup line to school property

  • The new traffic pattern goes into effect this week

Jesse Aiello said drivers waiting to pick up students will park in the bike lane on Yuma Drive, next to the school.

Aiello said it forces the children on bikes, who sometimes use that bike lane, to ride on the sidewalk or road instead.

He said a bike hit his son. But he doesn’t blame the cyclist, rather the drivers parked in the bike lane.

“Just kind of have to have your head on a swivel because as soon as the bike cages open, it gets kind of hectic,” Aiello said.

With bikes on the sidewalk, Aiello and his son walk on the road.

“It’s upsetting. I mean, I hold my breath every day when I see kids going to school and leaving school," he said. "Okay, one of these kids is going to duck out of a driveway, and through no fault of their own, get hit by a car.” 

We reached out to Indian Harbour Beach police, and now changes are coming.

Police Chief David Butler said he worked with the school on a solution.

Now most of those after-school cars will wait on school property, winding their way in an open space to remove much of the traffic off Yuma Drive — and off the bike lane.

“We are hoping this resolves much of the issues and concerns,” Butler said.

The new traffic pattern goes into effect this week.

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