Option 1: Starting Simple

Kendallvue Elementary School, Morrison, CO

It often makes sense to start with one small walking school bus and see how it works. Most often started by parents, these simple programs can also be encouraged by the school, a Safe Routes to School program, health department or another organization. A single neighborhood with a core group of parents and children are all that is needed. The program can always grow as interest builds.

Steps for starting simple:

  1. Families in the same neighborhood decide to walk together often initiated by a parent.
  2. A route is designed and tested by adults. See Addressing Safety section for guidance on picking a safe route.
  3. The group decides how often to walk together.
  4. The walking school bus begins.