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Walking Buses - a safe and fun way to get to school

What is a walking bus?

A Walking Bus is a safe and fun way to enable groups of children to walk to school together, accompanied by trained adult volunteers.

The aim of the scheme is to help more children walk to school and improve safety by reducing school gate congestion. Since it is powered by good old fashion leg work the walking buses promote healthy life styles as well as awareness of the local neighbourhood, greater independence and provides social opportunities.

How does it work?

The bus follows a set route and timetable. The children walk in pairs and everyone wears high visibility clothing. With a driver at the front and a conductor at the back, the children are collected at bus stops at agreed times along the route. Adult volunteers can work a rota system so they do not have to 'walk the bus' every day. All voulnteers are DBS checked and receive training.

The Benefits of a Walking Bus

  • Health - It’s a great way to get regular exercise
  • Safety - Children learn valuable road safety skills
  • Environment - There is less pollution as there are fewer cars on the road
  • Congestion - Reduces the number of cars near the school gate 
  • Fun and friendship - It’s a sociable way to start the day, for both children and adults!

To encourage as many families as possible to become involved there is Buster the Steporaurus, Hertfordshire's walking bus mascot.

What next?

If you would like to set up a bus contact the Walking Bus Coordinator at Hertfordshire County Council, on 0300 123 4047 or speak to your school office to find if one runs at your school.