Walking School Bus

A Walking School Bus is a group of children who walk to and from school supervised by one or more adult volunteers. Like a real bus, it travels at a set time and children join or leave the bus at designated stops.   

Why have a Walking School Bus?   

  • Arrive at school invigorated and ready to learn – on time
  • Have fun with friends and meet new friends
  • Learn how to cross roads safely and develop independence
  • Get physical exercise and fresh air, improving health and fitness
  • Learn good habits for the future
  • Help reduce air pollution
  • Parents save money on petrol and vehicle running costs
  • Avoid adding to traffic congestion at the school gate – make it a safer area with fewer cars
  • Younger children can walk to and from school safely every day
  • Older children can take on the responsibility of becoming deputy driver

To start up a Walking School Bus in your school all you need is some motivation and enthusiasm! Ask your school to contact info@hcc.govt.nz for support and information to get started.​

What people have said about Walking School Buses

"Some of the benefits we have found having a Walking School Bus are it brings the community closer together by getting to know the families living closely around you"

"A great benefit the drivers have found is not having to go school every morning and afternoon to pick up kids"

"Last winter one of our children was sick - it was great that we could keep the sick child home and send the other to school on the Walking School Bus"

"The kids have all made new friends"

Walking School Buses form part of the national road safety strategy and are consistent with the Land Transport Management Act. The Walking School Bus programme is integrated with Access Hamilton's aims for the future of transport in the city. The programme is primarily funded by New Zealand Transport Agency and forms part of the Community Transport Programme. Resource funding is provided with support from Hamilton City Council.

Page reviewed: 03 Mar 2015 2:00pm