Walking School Bus Program
Florida Safe Routes to School Walking School Bus Program
The Florida Safe Routes to School Walking School Bus Program is a statewide training program that teaches adults (parents, school staff, volunteers, etc.) how to implement a walking school bus program in their community. The program is funded by the Florida Department of Transportation – Safety Office and is housed in the College of Health and Human Performance at the University of Florida.
With fewer children walking and bicycling to school, and an increase in overweight and obese children, Safe Routes to School programs have been developed to encourage safer, active transportation to and/or from school. A walking school bus (WSB), which is a group of children walking to/from school under adult supervision, provides physical activity, teaches pedestrian safety skills, and provides supervision to help reduce concerns about children traveling to/from school. With increased school transportation budget cuts, many districts have eliminated courtesy bussing. As a result, the number of students walking/bicycling to and/or from school and those driven by parents has steadily increased. To help reduce traffic congestion around schools, walking school buses offer a practical travel option for those living near school. Many different types of walking school buses have been successful, and each school’s WSB program may differ depending on the neighborhood, volunteers, traffic, and school policies.
The Florida Safe Routes to School Walking School Bus Program provides free training where adults learn about walking school buses, how to plan a route, and how to teach pedestrian safety behaviors. The Program also provides sample forms and promotional safety items for programs.
Phone: (352) 294-1685
Fax: (352) 392-7588
Mailing: P.O. Box 118208 Gainesville, FL 32611