Every day provides the chance to walk or bicycle to school, through town, or around your neighborhood. And every community can utilize the Walking School Bus model for the trip to school, for walk and bike field trips, or for outside-of-school activities. In our next newsletter we plan on profiling an informal parent-led daily Walking School Bus that has been a great success at one Maine elementary school! Please contact us with any of your local stories, too!
Consider these additional resources for your local Walking School Bus efforts:
- The Walking School Bus Guide from the National Center for Safe Routes to School – a good nuts & bolts resource
- The Maine SRTS Bike Train Guide – a comprehensive, step-by-step resource for students and adults interested in bicycling as a group to school or for going on field trips
- Comprehensive On-Line Training for Local Walking School Bus Programs (similar to Portland’s) – The same national training that Portland and other Maine communities went through last fall, via Maine SRTS and the PedNet Coalition, is now available as an online training through the National Center for SRTS.
Informal walking school buses and bicycle trains are easy to start and we can help you think through the possibilities for your community!