Informal Walking Bus

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.

Initiative Idea:

Alternatively… prefer to share the school run? Parents take it in turns to walk the children to school on a formal walking bus.

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