30 Jul WALKING BUS GAINS TRACTION IN SHELL HARBOUR
From August 2014, Shellcove Primary School, Shell Harbour embraced one of the healthiest ways to get to school – a Walking Bus.
The Walking Bus is made up of people, rather metal and a motor, who use their feet as the “wheels”, their eyes as the “windows” and their legs as the “engine” that takes them to and from school.
It provides a safe, supervised way for primary school children to get to and from school, incorporating healthy activity into their daily routines. Children arrive at school energised and ready to learn. And because the Walking Bus directly contributes to fewer cars on the road, it significantly reduces pollution, traffic congestion and the risk of car accidents, especially around schools.
Julia Nati from the Walking Bus program says the initiative is a proven success, now operating in schools across NSW, taking at least 600 cars off the road in school peak hours and reducing carbon emissions by 82.67 tonnes since 2007.
A Walking Bus is a simple activity with many benefits to the students, volunteers and community. The program promotes child health and safety, facilitates community connections, and protects the environment for generations to come.
The Walking Bus at Shellcove has already enrolled the services of over 15 parent volunteers for 5 routes. Shellharbour Council Road Safety Officer, Jenny Davis, has worked with the school ensuring that the routes are as safe as possible for all participants and speaking with the passengers regarding road safety. The children will wear high-visibility vests during the daily trips. The School has also created a Walking Bus Committee, headed by Yvette Torr, a passionate advocate of the Walking Bus program.
Any local schools interested in starting a Walking Bus are encouraged to visit the website www.walkingbus.com.au.
We are working to help every Australian child to get fit, have fun, stay safe and preserve the environment – all on the way to school!