What you need to know
As part of our Climate Emergency Action Plan, we're partnering with the Vancouver School Board, TransLink, and the non-profit Dedicated Action for School Health (DASH) to pilot Kid Commute: A Walking School Bus Program External website, opens in new tab at three elementary schools in the 2021-2022 school year.
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
To volunteer for the program, or find out how your school can participate, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kid Commute: A Walking School Bus Program
Kid Commute External website, opens in new tab was developed by TransLink and Urban Systems as part of TransLink’s regional Youth Travel Strategy. DASH will be leading the pilot delivery which includes three different program models. The pilot launched in November 2021 and will run until the end of the school year (June 2022).