Walking School Bus

The Walking School Bus is an award-winning active transport programme which has taught children (and their parents) the pleasures of walking to school again, increasing physical and mental health throughout New Zealand. Thousands of children throughout New Zealand are catching a walking school bus to and from school. In June 2006 there were approximately 330 walking school buses in about 120 schools across the country with over 4000 registered users.


Each Walking School Bus walks along a set route with at least one adult 'driver', picking children up at designated stops and walking them to school. The process, led by the same or a different 'driver' is reversed in the afternoons.

A Walking School Bus network simply refers to the situation where there are a number of different bus routes established at one school to serve the families living around the school. It can be flexible to suit the needs of the families using it. The Bus can go as little or as often as parents want to drive it, and children can use it every day or once a week, according to their family schedules. The service is free.


WSB Trial report (pdf)

Walking School bus networks: A 'flaxroots' approach to cleaner air (pdf). A paper prepared for the 16th International Clean Air & Environment Conference, 2002 Christchurch, New Zealand.

WSB Guidelines