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 WalkingSchool Bus? ● Promote a healthy lifestyle ● Reduce vehicle traffic and conflict ● Reduce unhealthy emmissions ● Increased safety ● Build community and school spirit!
Healthy Lifestyle The walking school bus can help to reduce childhood obesity rates by increasing activity levels for kids. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports the prevalence of obesity among children and adolescents has nearly tripled since 1980.
Fewer vehicles driving to school creates a saferenvironment and provides cleaner air for kids tobreathe!Research shows that active kids are happier, havefewer health complications, and perform better inschool!
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 Simple Start with one route, one day a week. “Walking Wednesdays” or “Walk-N-Roll Days” are great examples of one day a week promotions. Whos already walking? Chances are you have parents and kids who already have an informal 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 community service.
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 help The Iowa Bicycle Coalition can help you with Walking School Bus resources and training. We will also help you promote your program and provide you the tools necessary to make your program a success!
Move forward in 2013! Introduce your kids to happy, healthy, active lifestyles. The habits they learn today will last a lifetime!
Contact us For more information, contact: John Phipps Safe Routes to School Director Iowa Bicycle Coalition email@example.com