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What is a walking school bus?

Walking to school is something lots of children do every day. While many carpool or head to school on buses, a great number of children enjoy the exercise or live so close to school that it just makes more sense to walk. Walking to school seems simple, but it isn't always the case. If there are no sidewalks, for example, children are at risk of being struck by cars as they walk alongside roadways.

One good way to help children who walk to school is by using a walking school bus. This is a general term for a group of children who walk to school together along with at least one adult chaperone. Since the group is larger, it's easier to see. With an adult present, children have the adult's education and experience to help keep them safer near the roads.

The same can be done with a bicycling train. This is when at least one adult rides a bicycle with several children headed to school. Usually, one adult leads and one follows behind, sleeping the children sandwiched between them. This gives the adults the ability to see traffic coming toward the children from behind and in front of them with more time to alert the children to danger.

These simple groups make it much safer for children to get to school without riding a bus or being driven by parents. Not every route is 100 percent safe, but with the addition of adult chaperones who know the path, kids can stay safer.

Your children are important, and drivers around school zones know they need to slow down. If your child was impacted by a negligent driver, you can seek legal help.

Source: SRTS Guide, "The Walking School Bus: Combining Safety, Fun and the Walk to School," accessed March 03, 2017

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