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Start a "Walking School Bus"


If your children's school is within walking distance of your home, here's a fun, safe, and active way for kids of all ages to travel to and from school. The idea is for one or more adults to accompany children as they walk along a set route. Kids are "picked up" at designated stops and dropped off at their stops in the afternoon. This win-win solution reduces traffic on the road, gives everyone healthful exercise, lets kids have fun with their friends, and teaches them safety and independence. When the weather is bad, a carpool can temporarily fill in, following the same route.

It's best to get the support of your school before starting a walking school bus. The principal, a member of the school board, or an enthusiastic teacher might help to spread the word. You could also put a message in a school newsletter, or present the idea at the next parent-teacher conference. And it's a good idea to have the local police or a road safety coordinator review the proposed route to make sure it's safe.

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