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Walking School Bus


What is a walking school bus or a bike train? It's as easy as 1-2-3!

Starting Simple
When beginning a walking school bus, remember that the program can always grow. It often makes sense to start with a small bus and see how it works. Pick a single neighborhood that has a group of parents and children who are interested. It's like a carpool - without the car - with the added benefits of exercise and visits with friends and neighbors. Invite families who live nearby to walk; 2. Pick a route and take a test walk.

A Walking School Bus has many benefits:

  • It increases supervision, safety and fun for students who already walk.
  • It permits additional students to walk, introducing them to an important and easy habit.
  • It reduces auto traffic, particularly neat schools during drop-off and pick-up times.
  • It creates a sense of community by getting neighbors to take turns as bus "drivers" 

For more information:

Safe Kids Walk This Way
Walking School Bus
National Center for Safe Routes to School
I'm Safe! - Safe Routes to School



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