Kid Commute: A Walking School Bus Program

About this Initiative

What is a Walking School Bus program?

A walking school bus (WSB) is an organized group of students who regularly walk to and from school together with the support of one or more adult leaders. There are many benefits from walking to school as part of a WSB:

  • Physical activity improves physical health and prepares students to learn better when they arrive at school. Studies have shown that students who actively travel to school are able to concentrate and learn better, and this effect lasts up to four hours.
  • Being outdoors and active improves mental health for both participating students and leaders.
  • Students experience a sense of community by being part of a WSB.
  • Students develop a better understanding of the local areas, and often build new friendships through shared experiences.
  • There is an overall reduction in traffic volumes around schools, and this results in a reduced risk of collisions and injury.
  • There is a reduction in vehicle emissions and improved air quality in the vicinity of schools.
  • Walking to school with friends is fun for students, parents, and leaders alike!

What is Kid Commute?

Kid Commute (A Walking School Bus) was developed by TransLink in response to the need for safer school zones and healthy children in K-8 school communities in Metro Vancouver. After engagement from municipalities, stakeholders and school districts in the Metro Vancouver Region, TransLink worked with Urban Systems, a consulting firm committed to building vibrant communities, to develop Kid Commute. This program is being piloted in 2021-22 by DASH with plans to expand in the region for 2023.

All WSB leaders receive training through DASH BC and must successfully complete a First Aid Training course and vulnerable sector police record check.

If you would like more information about the pilot project, or if you would like to donate to this program, please contact info@dashbc.ca.

 

Developed and supported by TransLink

Funders and Delivery Partners