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Dunedin City Council – Kaunihera-a-rohe o Otepoti

Formal Walking School Buses travel to and from school along planned routes with at least one adult ‘driver’ collecting children from stops.

Walking school bus

Formal school buses require a coordinator to organise a pool of volunteers to drive the walking bus every morning and afternoon, rain or shine. The coordinator is responsible for assigning students and volunteers to each of the school bus routes, and ensuring there is always an adult volunteer available for the routes.

Informal walking buses travel to and from school, are smaller, and involve less organising. Parents who regularly walk their children to and from school, organise between them to take other children with them. They are often organised between parents, and parents are in regular communication if they are not walking that day.

Find out about starting a formal walking schools bus here on NZTA website (link to external website, new window)

Park and walk

Driving your child to and from school may add to congestion and chaos at the school gates. Park a little further away and walk or scoot the remaining distance. Ask your school about a walk-to-school map with safe-to-meet spots on it.

Contact us on to find out about developing a walk-to-school map.

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