Do I Start A Walking School Bus Program?
Its easy. Contact Felicia Leonard, City of Clearwater, Bicycle and
Pedestrian Coordinator (727) 562-4852. She will assist you with the
program. Parents, teachers, principals and neighbors can easily implement
a Walking School Bus in their community. Here's how:
- Form a Walking School Bus Working Group
These are the people who will get the bus rolling. Members might include
parents, students, the school principal, teachers and local block club
members. Recruit Walking School Bus Drivers. Get the word out among your
friends and neighbors, particularly those with school children, that you
are forming a Walking School Bus and need their help escorting groups
of children to school.
- Place Maps
Neighborhood maps will be placed at the school or other neighborhood place.
Interested adults place a dot and sign their names next to where they
live on street maps. Clusters of households are then identified and linked
with one another.
- Designate Walking School Bus Routes
Identify routes. Appropriate and enjoyable routes are mapped out. Many
parents already know how best to get around their neighborhood on foot,
but in some instances routes may need to be mapped out.
the Walking School Bus Drivers
Work out a schedule among the drivers; determine who can walk with the
students and when, both in the morning and afternoon.
- Promote the Walking School Bus Locally
Once you have drivers and routes available, let everyone in the neighborhood
know what you are doing. The more participation, the better.