Walk Like a School Bus

walking school busDo you and your friends live close to your school, but ride there in a car anyway?

The bad news is that the cars and buses that bring you to and from school contribute to air pollution, traffic and climate change.

Now for the good news: You can do your part to deal with climate change by taking them off the road with a Walking School Bus.

This people-powered bus is easy to get started, better for the environment, and a fun way to start your day. Instead of just drooling all over the seat in front of you while you snooze, you can mix it up by walking, rollerblading, skateboarding or biking to school!

October is International Walk to School Month, so get started if you want to celebrate in style. Remember – on days the weather is really bad, you can try carpooling with your friends – if you’ve GOTTA take a car, at least use it efficiently!

Here’s how to get your plan in motion:

(a parent and bunch of friends would come in handy)

  • Hold a meeting for people interested in walking to school. Invite kids from your school and their parents.
  • Organize people into groups that live in the same neighbourhood and can travel together.
  • Make sure everyone has written permission from their parents to participate.
  • Pick a parent or older student who will walk with the groups each day.
  • Practice makes perfect! Test out your route to make sure there aren’t any roadblocks.
  • Come up with a cool name for your walking bus – you can even make uniforms!
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7 Comments

  1. Ranger5695387 says:

    A walking bus would be a little weird, but I walk to, school, and back. I’m always telling lots of people to walk because they are actually closer than me or just a little bit farther out then, and it’s a good excercise.
    And do you ever see big trucks running on diesel? Nice smell, and look, isn’t it? No! If there were enough emissions of diesel… Imagine diesel smog!

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  2. Environmentalist9 says:

    e-r bubbles-What is we live far away from school?

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    ER_Bubbles Reply:

    Hi Environmentalist 9! Don’t worry, you don’t have to walk to school if you live too far away. We only suggest a “walking school bus” if your school is in walking distance. If you have to drive, you should see if you can carpool! That way there are fewer cars on the road.

    Don’t forget, you can also walk to the park, the mall, your friend’s house and anywhere else that is close by, and STILL help cut down on air pollution 🙂

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  3. Immanuel21 says:

    walking school bus is weird

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  4. sparkle5650 says:

    I walk to school everyday, and sometimes I walk with my friends!

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  5. katiekat11 says:

    i love walking to school

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    Chloeskyshell Reply:

    me too

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