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					Benefits of the Walking
School Bus
•	 Children	arrive	at	school	more	alert	and	ready	
   to	learn	
•	 Encourages	healthy	lifestyles	and	exercise
                                                                                                                  Catch the
                                                                                                                        hool Bus
•		 Children	and	parents	get	to	meet	others	in	

                                                                                                              Walking Sc
    their	community                                   Walking	School	Bus	is	part	of		
                                                      TravelSmart to School,	which	promotes	
•		 Children	gain	skills	to	safely	walk	to	school     walking,	cycling,	public	transport	and	
                                                      carpooling	for	school	trips.
                                                                                       
•		 Reduces	traffic	around	the	school



Catch the Walking School Bus
If	you	are	interested	in	starting	a	Walking	School	
Bus	at	your	school,	or	your	child	would	like	to	
catch	a	Walking	School	Bus:                           Further information
Contact	the	Department	of	Transport
                                                      Department	of	Transport	
Telephone:	08	9216	8000                               TravelSmart	
                                                      441	Murray	Street	
                                                                                                                           It’s fun
Email:	walking.bus@transport.wa.gov.au
                                                      PERTH	WA	6000	
                                                      T:	08	9216	8000	
                                                      F:	08	9216	8497	
                                                      E:	walking.bus@transport.wa.gov.au	
                                                                                                                          It’s safe
                                                      W:	www.transport.wa.gov.au/TravelSmart
                                                                                                                          It’s easy

                                                                                                              It’s good for eve                      ent
                                                                                                                               ryone
                                                                                                                                     and the environm
                                                      August	2009
                                                      Printed	on	recycled	paper
                                                      Copies	of	this	document	are	available	in	alternative	
                                                      formats	on	application	to	the	department.
A Walking School Bus is a great                                                            “the result is exercise,                                                                  SCHO
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way for kindy and primary school                                                fresh air, a relaxed start to the morning,
children to walk to and from school in                                      and reduced parking problems around the school”
                                                                                   Volunteer Walking School Bus Coordinator,
a fun, safe and easy way.                                                                Mt Hawthorn Primary School.



                                                                                                                                                     “It makes me feel
What is a Walking School Bus?                                                                                                                like I’m doing something for my
                                                                                                                                        health, the environment, the community,
A	Walking	School	Bus	is	a	group	of	students,	                                                                                             and other mums while creating many
with	adult	supervision,	walking	along	a	set	route	                                                                                               friendships along the way”
between	their	homes	and	school.                                                                                                             Volunteer Walking School Bus Coordinator,
                                                                                                                                                     West Balcatta Primary School.
Children	can	join	the	Walking	School	Bus	at	
points	along	the	route,	near	their	homes.                                                                      “children of different
Children	can	also	be	taken	to	a	collection	point.                                                  ages build relationships with each other that
                                                                                                  wouldn’t occur otherwise. I think this develops
This	could	be	a	nearby	park	where	parents	drop	                                                   better networks within the school community”
off	their	children	to	join	the	Walking	School	Bus	                                                       Volunteer Walking School Bus Coordinator,
to	school.                                                                                                       Richmond Primary School.




We need YOU                                                                                                                     Who can join the Walking
                                                                                                                                School Bus?
Let	your	child	be	part	of	the	fun!		And	you	can	
too	–	as	a	volunteer.		If	you	do	one	morning,	          Jones family home
                                                                                                                                ALL	CHILDREN	are	welcome!
other	parents	will	walk	your	children	the	other	
days.                                                                                                                           If	you	live	within	1	km	of	your	school	then	the	
                                                                                                                                Walking	School	Bus	is	ideal	for	you.
Share	it	and	save	time!

                                                                                                                                Supervision
                                                                                                                                The	bus	is	accompanied	by	at	least	two	trained	
                                                                                                                                parents	or	carers.	
                                                                                                                                These	volunteers	can	be	a	parent,	grandparent,	
                                                                                                                                aunty	or	uncle.			It	can	also	be	a	neighbour	or	
                                                                                                                                a	community	member	interested	in	helping	
      Brooks family home                    Ng family home                                                                      children	get	to	school.

				
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