Children walking to school with two adults

Walking School Bus

What you need to know

As part of our Climate Emergency Action Plan, we're partnering with the Vancouver School Board, and TransLink to pilot Kid Commute: A Walking School Bus Program. Three elementary schools participated in the 2021-2022 school year. Check back in early 2023 for updates.

A Walking School Bus (WSB) is an organized group of students who walk to school together with the support of one or more adult leaders. The group walks along a pre-determined route with planned stops along the way to pick up more children. 

These groups can be:

  • Informal with families that choose to walk together to and from school
  • Semi-formal with assigned volunteer leaders to coordinate drop-offs and pick-ups
  • Formal with paid leaders in charge of regular and committed pick-ups and drop-offs

Walking School Buses have been shown to:

  • Encourage and support families to be physically active
  • Reduce congestion around schools, resulting in a reduced risk of collisions and injury
  • Reduce vehicle emissions and improve air quality in the vicinity of schools
  • Help students develop a better understanding of their neighbourhood, and build a sense of community
  • Create a sense of fun for students, parents, and leaders all walking to school together

Get involved

To volunteer for the program, or find out how your school can participate, contact us at schoolactivetravel@vancouver.ca

Kid Commute: A Walking School Bus Program

Kid Commute was developed by TransLink and Urban Systems as part of TravelSmart4Kids: TransLink's Regional Travel Strategy for kids 12 and under. Three Vancouver elementary schools participated in the first year of the pilot. Check back in early 2023 to learn about our plans to continue the program.