What is a Walking School Bus?
A Walking School Bus is “just like a regular school bus, but without the walls and seats, and instead of wheels, we use our feet” according to LeeAnne Fergason, a Pedestrian Safety Ambassador for the Bicycle Transportation Alliance. A walking school bus can be as simple as a few families in your neighborhood taking turns walking or riding with their children and other students to school, or as structured as specific routes with a regular schedule and meeting times.
What is a Bike Train?
The Bike Train is a variation on the Walking School Bus, in which adults supervise students riding their bikes to school.
Bike Trains have sprouted up all over Portland this last year with over 1,000 students participating in the Fall of 2010. Much of the credit to this runaway success goes to Kiel Johnson, a volunteer with Safe Routes to School, who has started Bike Trains at seven schools across the city.
Learn more about Bike Trains and how to get involved at Kiel's website, http://www.biketrainpdx.org.
Also be sure to check out this short video feature the Bike Train at Beach Elementary:
How Do I Get a Walking School Bus / Bike Train at My School?
We're here to offer you training and support at your school, provided it is located within the City of Portland. Scroll down to contact us. In general, Carolina assists schools located north of Burnside and Gabe works with schools south of Burnside. We provide trainings, a printed copy of the campaign resources, and ongoing support as you help make your school safer and healthier.
Download Walking School Bus / Bike Train campaign materials
- Starting a Walking School Bus: The Basics (PDF Document, 2,890kb)
This one-sheet gives a brief overview of how to start a Walking School Bus at your school. Source: National Center for Safe Routes to School (www.saferoutesinfo.org)
- The Walking School Bus: Guidebook (PDF Document, 1,859kb)
Combining Safety, Fun, and the Walk to School. This comprehensive guide outlines the benefits of starting a Walking School Bus, two different models of how to do so, and several case studies from around the country. Source: National Center for Safe Routes to School (www.saferoutesinfo.org)
- Walking School Bus / Bike Train Campaign Manual (PDF Document, 1,632kb)
This is a supplement to the national guidebook above, with Portland-specific resources and additional helpful tips.
- Walking School Bus poster (PDF Document, 811kb)
Smiling Faces, Happy Feet. Use this poster to promote your Walking School Bus routes.
- How to Create a Walking Map using Google (PDF Document, 78kb)
A quick step-by-step guide on how to utilize Google Maps to identify your walking school bus routes or Stop + Walk sites. Thanks to Pat Pieratte, Florida's SR2S Coordinator for this document.