The Walking School Bus is an organized system of walking with school children from home to school and back. Students in the same geographic area walk to school together under the supervision of an adult volunteer. Like a regular school bus, the Walking School Bus follows a planned and safe route with scheduled stops. Parents and other volunteers receive training and support to develop and implement the program and to supervise children walking to school.
With support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Canadian Cancer Society’s Walking School Bus program is being offered in the Waterloo, Wellington and Dufferin regions of Ontario.
Regional partners include the Waterloo Region Student Transportation Services, the Waterloo Region Block Parent program, and the Region of Waterloo Active and Safe Routes to School program.
Additional program benefits include reduced traffic congestion around schools, improved air quality due to reduced greenhouse gas emissions, enhanced neighbourhood safety and a greater sense of community.
For information about the program in Quebec, "Trottibus", click here.
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