Riding school bus

Riding school bus

A riding school bus is a group of schoolchildren supervised by one or more adults, riding pedal cycles along a set route, picking kids up up at "bus stops" along the way until they all arrive at school. Riding school buses are similar to walking bus programs. Like a traditional bus, riding school buses (also known as RBSs) have a fixed route with designated "bus stops" and "pick up times" in which they pick up children. Ideally the riding school bus will include at least 1 adult ‘driver’, who leads the group, and an adult ‘conductor' who supervises from the end of the group.

Riding school bus programs have been developed in a number of local councils in Victoria Australia, including City of Moreland [ [http://www.travelsmart.vic.gov.au/web4/tsmart.nsf/272d1dc784604ec74a2568c50082ce7d/d9f688bb34d5ba2eca2570c300725f1a?OpenDocument&CollapseView TravelSmart - Riding School Bus program in Moreland ] ] and Shire of East Gippsland [ [http://www.egipps.vic.gov.au/Page/page.asp?Page_Id=596&h=0 East Gippsland Shire Council - RIDING SCHOOL BUSES BEGIN SERVICE ] ]

Riding school bus programs deliver a number of benefits [ [http://www.moreland.vic.gov.au/news/mr310706.htm Avoid the schoolyard traffic jam - use the Riding School Bus instead!: Media Release 31 July 2006 - Moreland City Council ] ] :
*Improvement in child fitness and health
*Environmental benefits - reduction in car trips and associated air pollution
*Development of traffic skills and confidence in children
*Socialization and increased community engagement for children
*Reduction of traffic congestion around schools

Riding school buses are also known as pedal pods [ [http://www.bv.com.au/join-in/40463/ Holy Rosary's new Pedal Pod - Bicycle Victoria ] ] or Cycling School Buses

ee also

*Walking bus
* [http://www.bv.com.au/join-in/40768/ Bicycle Victoria]


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