Walking School Bus Programs Iowa Bicycle Coalition
What is a Walking School Bus?➲ A walking bus is a form of student transport for children who, chaperoned by adults walk to school, in much the same way a school bus would drive them to school. Like a traditional bus, walking buses have a fixed route with designated "bus stops" and "pick up times”.
What are the benefits of a Walking School Bus? ➲ Promote a healthy lifestyle ➲ Reduce vehicle traffic and conflict ➲ Reduce unhealthy emmissions ➲ Increased safety ➲ Build community and school spirit!
Healthy LifestyleThe walking school bus can help to reducechildhood obesity rates by increasingactivity levels for kids. The Centers forDisease Control and Prevention (CDC)reports the prevalence of obesity amongchildren and adolescents has nearly tripledsince 1980.
Fewer vehicles driving to school creates asafer environment and provides cleaner airfor kids to breathe!Research shows that active kids are happier,have fewer health complications, and performbetter in school!
Safety➲ Walking School Buses provide supervised, safe transportation for school. No priority is higher than making sure our kids are safe at school as well as on their way to and from school!
Sense of community➲ Walking to school is not an individual event, it is a community event. A Walking School Bus program can give kids a sense of community and pride in their school.
How can you start a Walking School Bus?➲ Keep it simple➲ Find volunteers➲ Make it fun
Start SimpleStart with one route, one day a week.“Walking Wednesdays” or “Walk-N-Roll Days”are great examples of one day a weekpromotions.Whos already walking? Chances are youhave parents and kids who already have aninformal walking school bus!
Volunteers➲ Parents. Nobodyis more motivated and more invested in providing a great environment for kids than their parents➲ Retirees. Many communities have retirees who want to be involved and make great volunteers.➲ Older students. There are no greater role models for kids than older peers. High school age kids also benefit from
Have Fun!➲ Reward kids with freebies (erasers, zipper pulls, stickers)➲ Have a pep rally to kick start the program➲ Bring local Police, Fire, and/or EMS to help celebrate and reward the students!
We can helpThe Iowa Bicycle Coalition can help you withWalking School Bus resources and training.We will also help you promote your programand provide you the tools necessary to makeyour program a success!
Move forward in 2013!Intorduce your kids to happy, healthy, activelifestyles. The habits they learn today will lasta lifetime!
Contact usFor more information, contact:John PhippsSafe Routes to School DirectorIowa Bicycle Coalitionjohn@iowabicyclecoalition.org