Safe and active travel the focus of Walking School Bus program
October 31, 2019
GUELPH, Ontario – A little rain didn’t dampen the spirits of kids headed to school Thursday, as they excitedly gathered on a neighbourhood corner, waiting for their school bus to arrive.
No ordinary bus, however, the students from Mitchell Woods Public School are part of Wellington-Dufferin Student Transportation Services’ (STWDSTS) Walking School Bus pilot program.
The Walking School Bus (WSB) program is currently running in Guelph at Mitchell Woods PS, Ken Danby Public School and Holy Trinity Catholic School.
The WSB program is an innovative and active way for kids to get to school with an adult supervisor. Active travel gives a welcome burst of exercise to the students and cuts down on emissions and traffic congestion at neighbourhood schools.
On Thursday, students walked in a group with their WSB Leaders, who reminded them of sidewalk etiquette and road safety along the way. As an extra bonus, members of the Guelph Police Service joined the walk and spoke to the kids about safety when out trick-or-treating tonight.
The pilot program is scheduled to run until June 2020. For more information on the WSB project, please visit the STWDSTS website: https://stwdsts.ca/home/walking-school-bus/