The National Center for Safe Routes to School is pleased to announce the release of The Walking School Bus Program: A Primer and First Steps, an online audio/video training program that provides strategies and tips for planning a Walking School Bus program.
Safety is one of the most common reasons for parents to be reluctant to allow their children to walk to school. Walking School Bus programs address safety concerns for families who live within walking or bicycling distance of school by providing adult supervision.
A Walking School Bus is a group of children walking to school with one or more adults. It can be as informal as two families taking turns walking their children to school or as formal as a well-planned walking route with meeting points, a timetable and a regularly rotated schedule of trained volunteers.
The new online training program was developed for the National Center for Safe Routes to School by the PedNet Coalition, a national leader in developing community programs and campaigns to encourage people to walk, bike, and use transit. PedNet, based in Columbia, Mo., also operates a large Walking School Bus program with 13 schools, 200 volunteers and more than 500 children, and shares its expertise through workshops around the country.
The Walking School Bus Program: A Primer and First Steps, is available online at http://apps.saferoutesinfo.org/training/walking_school_bus.
For more information, contact:
National Center for Safe Routes to School