A Walking School Bus (WSB) is a group of 5-10 children who walk to school together under adult supervision.
The WSB Concept
The WSB concept was developed to enable children to walk to school safely even when traffic and crime is a concern. It is widely practiced in England and New Zealand, and in a growing number of U.S. cities. PedNet's program in Columbia is considered one of the best in the country and was recently featured in Newsweek magazine.
The program provides a consistent, safe system in which children can walk to school as a group under the supervision of trained adults. It increases safe passage for students who already walk, and encourages additional students to walk, introducing them to an important and easy form of exercise. See the brochure.
The WSB is very popular with elementary age children (K-5). PedNet offers a free spring and fall Walking School Bus program at participating Columbia elementary schools.
Current Schools are:
- Derby Ridge Elementary
- Fairview Elementary
- Grant Elementary
- Lee Elementary
- Mill Creek Elementary
- Parkade Elementary
- Paxton Keeley Elementary
- Shepard Boulevard Elementary
- West Boulevard Elementary
More than 400 children and 150 volunteers participate in the Columbia Walking School Bus program.
Check out the Shepard Blvd. Student Travel Mode Map.
For more information email or call the WSB Team at (573) 239-9902.