Walking School Bus (WSB)

What is a walking school bus?

A walking school bus is just like a school bus except children walk to and from school under the supervision of adult volunteers (often parents). This creates a safe and social journey to school.

Children are collected from stops along a planned route and dropped off at the school gate. Along the way they learn how to safely negotiate the road as well as socialise and share stories with friends and neighbours. What a great way to travel to school!

Walking school buses contribute to reducing the amount of traffic around schools. In Auckland there are more than 200 active walking school buses, with over 4,000 children walking to school. That’s a lot of active feet on the street.

How does it work?

Walking buses usually begin at 8.30am, but this depends on length of the route and the stop that the children get on at. Routes vary in length, usually about 1.5 km and/or a 30 minute walk at most. Most walking school buses walk the reverse route in the afternoon.

A walking school bus can operate all five days of the school week or as little as one day per week. This depends on the availability of parent volunteers.

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Benefits of the Walking School Bus  



Walking School Bus Road Safety and Hazard Identification Guidelines

This safety video is more for people who are already in the programme.  However it is good for non WSB people who are unsure of how safe WSBs are.


If you are interested in a walking school bus route please contact nicole@pinehill.school.nz

These are our Auckland Transport approved routes. The Killybegs route is the only route in operation at the moment (June 2017)