Safe Routes to Bus Stops
Safe Routes to Bus Stops is a program in which children walk a short distance to a centralized neighborhood bus stop instead of a stop directly in front of their house. The school bus route is modified such that the bus remains on main roads and does not enter neighborhoods. By altering the bus route slightly, it reduces traffic, pollution, bus driving time and distance, increases safety, and incorporates daily exercise for those students who take the bus.
In 2013, we ran a four-week Safe Routes to Bus Stops pilot program at Russell Elementary during summer school called the Walking Bus Stop. Each morning and afternoon we walked about 10 students. Using what we learned from that pilot program, we will manage another Walking Bus Stop in the spring of 2014 at a middle school.
This program is funded by Missouri Department of Transportation.