With over 11k miles under its belt, the “Walking School Bus” is redefining transportation for over 500 kids in Redondo, Hermosa and Manhattan Beach. The “Walking School Bus” is a newly launched program by the Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) and it’s part of the anti-childhood obesity initiative that was launched in 2011. Walking School Bus works like any other school bus route in the country, with one minor exception – the presence of an actual bus. The kids that participate in the program have designated stops throughout the city where they can be “picked up” by one of the "buses."
The program not only aims to instill healthy habits at an early age, but it also helps ease the concerns some parents may have about allowing their kids to walk to school. Reluctant parents can now rest assured that their kids one-mile “bus route” will not only be safe but it’ll also be a fun and healthy alternative that allows their kids to walk to school with their classmates.
CNN covered the impact of Walking School Bus last year and it has continued to grow exponentially as parents throughout our beach communities begin to recognize how beneficial the program can be for their kids. Michelle Obama recently spoke about the program in conjunction with her discussion about the “Lets Move” campaign she has launched. Unlike fad diets and exercise regimes, kids are indoctrinated into a healthy lifestyle using a fun and exciting medium.
If you think the “Walking School Bus” might be a good addition in your neighborhood, you can visit several websites that provide resources about the program and how to launch it. Safe Routes to School has a great guide that can help you get started. They also host Training Modules that help walk you through the entire process from idea to inception.