An informal walking bus is when a group of children walk to school together with their parents.
How Does it Work?
- Parents are responsible for their own children.
- Everyone meets at a pre-arranged time and walks to school together.
- Participants may or may not wear high vis. If they do it will make the scheme more prominent.
- More people join the Walking Bus just because they see it, they are going that way anyway and the children want to join the others.
Is it a Good Idea?
- No commitment is required.
- No forms need to be filled in.
- No volunteers are needed.
- Parent and children all need to understand that children still need to be accompanied by their own parent or carer, ie no-one else is taking responsibility for other children. This needs to be clear wherever the walking bus is promoted.
- It can be promoted through the school to show it’s not just a group of friends walking together.
Setting Up an Informal Walking Bus
- The only thing you need to do is round up a few people in your neighbourhood and arrange to walk to school together.
- A crowd attracts a crowd and before you know it you will have a Walking Bus.
- Meanwhile you can work on the requirements for a volunteer-accompanied Walking Bus if you wish to do so.
- By the time this is launched many parents and children will be so used to walking as a group that volunteers should be easy to find. Parents will then have the option of walking with the group or leaving their children to walk safely with volunteers.