The Walking School Bus is a simple concept that is growing in popularity right across the UK, the US and now in Ireland. Dublin City Council and other local authorities provide guidance and support to communities who wish to implement the scheme as it has proven benefits for children and for the local community as a whole - less traffic in the mornings, less emissions in the school area etc. The HSE also advocate for activities such as Walking School Buses because of the health benefits, both physical and psychological, associated with more exercise during the school day.
How to get involved
It will take 4/5 hours to initially set this up and then parents can take it in turns to accompany children to school each day.
A successful Walking School Bus can be set up by a group of interested parents and will need the support and input of school staff, local road safety staff and gardaí.