Walking School Buses & Bicycle Trains

Walking school buses and bicycle trains are great ways for parents and other community members to be actively involved in supervising children on the trip to school. These strategies can address concerns about personal security while offering time to socialize.

Children pose in the windows of a carboard cut-out walking school bus.

Madera, CA

Walking school buses are groups of children who walk designated routes to school under adult supervision. Some pick up kids along the way just like a bus, while others have a central meeting point from which everyone walks together. For some neighborhoods it’s a casual group walk, whereas others set up a formal plan with adults scheduled to walk on certain days.

Similarly, bicycle trains are supervised by adults who act as ride leaders. They’re a fun way to practice safe bicycling, whether it’s during a special event or a daily trip to school.