Walking School Buses

Why develop a walking school bus?

Numerous studies show that less children are walking and biking to school and more children are at risk of becoming overweight.  Changing behaviors of children and parents helps to create healthy lifestyles.  There are many creative solutions that are safe and fun; one great example is as a walking school bus.

What is a walking school bus? What is a bicycle train?

A walking school bus is a group of children walking to school with one or more adults.  It can be as informal as a few families taking turns walking their children to school or more structured with a route with meeting points, a timetable and a regularly rotating schedule of volunteers.

A variation of the walking school bus is the bicycle train, in which adults supervise children riding their bikes safely to school with the proper safety equipment.

Parents are often concerned about safety issues as one of the primary reasons they are reluctant to allow their children to walk or bike to school.  Providing adult supervision can help reduce these concerns for those who live within walking or bicycling distance to school

Start Simple

For an informal walking school bus or bicycle train:

  1. Invite families who live nearly to walk or bike.
  2. Pick a route and take a test walk.
  3. Decide how often the group will walk together.
  4. Have fun!

Ask four questions when picking a route

  1. Do you have room to walk?
  2. Is it easy to cross the street?
  3. Do drivers behave well?
  4. Does the environment feel safe?

For more information, see http://www.walkingschoolbus.org/Walking_School_Bus_Basics.pdf

Content for this page was shared from Safe routes to School National Partnership www.walktoschool.org and www.saferoutesinfo.org