A walking bus, or pedestrian bus, is an alternative to a school bus that consists in escorting children on foot, accompanied by volunteer parents, between home and school.
Objectives of the walking bus
The walking bus concept covers several objectives:
- reduce motorised transport, and therefore the polluting emissions and the danger it generates around schools;
- create and encourage daily physical activity, which is beneficial for life hygiene;
- create socialisation time between children and adults from a neighbourhood;
- support the education and autonomy of young people regarding road safety and sharing the road.
A walking bus stop in Italy. © nilo_cram CC by-nc-sa 2.0