By joining a Walking School Bus, students will:
Walking School Buses also help reduce traffic congestion around schools.
Each ‘bus’ walks along a set route with at least one adult ‘driver’ picking up children at designated ‘bus stops’ and walking them to and from school.
Bus stops can be outside children's homes or a predetermined point on the street. It all depends on the route that's arranged by you and the parents/caregivers.
The bus can be flexible to suit the needs of families using it and can go as often as parents/caregivers want to drive it. And it's free!
‘Using the Walking School Bus is great. It wakes the kids up properly before they get to school so they're ready to learn.’
‘Walking to school opens so many doors for communication. We talk about almost anything. It's a cheeky way of giving them science, maths or english without them realising.’
‘My children enjoy walking to school with the bus every day and I try and walk with them when I can. It gives them time to chat with friends before school starts and I know they are safe walking in a group.’
‘Our Walking School Bus works for families who use it morning and/or afternoon, and families who use it only one or two days a week. I believe the more families involved the better. If you have five-plus families in your group, there's more flexibility with the roster.’
‘It keeps you safe by teaching you how to walk safely’
‘It's much faster. If you're in a car or bus, you can get stuck in traffic’
‘You can play more games because you are closer to each other. In the car, you're separated’
‘It's fun when we go walking and see stuff. We saw worms on the path when it was raining’