Solano Transportation Authority Safe Routes to School

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Walking School Bus Program

B. Gale Wilson Walking School Bus in Fairfield, walks in the rain.

What is a Walking School Bus?

A Walking School Bus is a group of children walking to or from school with an adult. Trained volunteers or school staff meet the children at a specific location and time and supervise them along the route. Parents are welcome to drop their child off at a Walking School Bus “stop” along the route or walk with their children and the group to school. 

 

What are the benefits of a Walking School Bus?

Joining a Walking School Bus is a fun way for children to get more physical activity, to socialize with friends and to know their neighborhoods. A Walking School Bus also provides a safer environment for all children walking by having an adult presence, thus alleviating parental concerns about safety. A WSB group is also more visible to drivers, which makes walking safer. And with fewer cars around schools during drop off and pick up times, there’s less traffic resulting in safer streets and better air quality.

 

How can you start a Walking School Bus at your school?

Start a Walking School Bus simply by talking with other parents who want to walk with their children to school. Then start walking together as a group!

More structured groups can be formed through the Safe Routes to School program. We offer free parent training, help establish routes, and provide materials and incentives items. Let your school principal or PTA/PTO know you’d like to start a Walking School Bus at your school and we can work together to get one going. 

Please contact our Program Coordinators at 707-399-3222 or email by district:

April Wells (awells@sta.ca.gov)

  • Fairfield-Suisun Unfied School District
  • Travis Unified School District (Fairfield schools)
  • River Delta Unified School District

Betsy Beavers (bbeavers@sta.ca.gov)

  • Benicia Unified School District
  • Dixon Unified School District
  • Travis Unified School District (Vacaville schools)
  • Vacaville Unified School District

Tiffany Gephart (tgephart@sta.ca.gov)

  • Vallejo City Unified School District

 

Check out the Google Map Tool. You can suggest additional routes that you take to school and look up Walking School Bus and Park and Walk routes. You can also comment on specific areas that may be unsafe on your travels to and from school.