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bus is a fun, healthy, safe and sustainable way of travelling to
school. Powered by good, old-fashioned legwork, the children and
volunteers walk in a group along a set route, picking up or
dropping off 'passengers' at specific 'bus stops' on their journey
to and from school.
A walking bus can be easy to set up and must have a minimum of
two adults per route (often staff or parents); an adult 'driver' at
the front of the bus and a 'conductor' at the back of the
bus, ensuring that a ratio of one adult to every six children is
Younger children and babies transported in pushchairs or buggies
may join the walking bus if accompanied by their parent or carer,
however they will count towards the adult to child ratio. We also
encourage parents and carers to become walking bus volunteers if
allowing their children to actively participate.
Everyone on the walking bus is expected to wear a
high-visibility tabard, now available in several colours. Adults
involved are also police-checked and all routes approved by the
council following a risk assessment.
School communities in Medway are finding that they can benefit
from the positive effects that the walking bus has in enhancing
road safety awareness skills among children, as well as health and
Live too far away?
Even if you live too far away from school or you travel on to
work, you can still do you bit to help to limit the congestion
outside your school and 'park and stride'. This involves parking at
one of the bus stops and then joining the walking bus along the
Live too close?
If you feel apprehensive about your child walking to school
alone, the walking bus provides an ideal opportunity to walk to
school with their friends while being supervised.
How it works
- approve the routes by carrying out a risk assessment to
determine their suitability
- arrange road safety training for every walking bus volunteer in
- provide high visibility tabards (subject to funding) to anyone
who walks on the walking bus which enables road users to see the
walking bus in motion and allows everyone to recognise who is on
- issue operating guidelines to parents and volunteers,
containing all of the necessary information about the walking bus
(there is also a consent form for parents and children to
- provide employers’ liability and public liability insurance,
which covers all registered volunteers, as long as
the Medway Walking Bus operating guidelines are followed
- support every walking bus initiative in Medway to help improve
the route to school.
Sponsor your local walking bus
We would like to invite local organisations to become a sponsor
for one or more of the Walking Bus Stops. The sponsorship will be
for a particular walking bus or area and provide a good opportunity
to support a worthwhile cause in your local neighbourhood - as well
as raise the profile of your business. Find out more about