First Walking Bus Initiative launched in Mid and East Antrim

Tuesday 8 May 2018

Mid and East Antrim Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) have launched the Borough’s first Walking Bus Initiative.

First Walking Bus Initiative launched in Mid and East Antrim

The Walking Bus concept is a new, safe, healthy and environmentally friendly approach to walking large groups of children to and from school.

The launch took place at Fourtowns Primary School in Ahoghill.

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor Paul Reid, said: “For children who do not want, or who are not ready, to walk to school unaccompanied, there are a number of alternatives.

“The Walking Bus scheme enables children to walk to school in safe, supervised groups.

“Each walking bus has an adult 'driver' at the front and an adult 'conductor' at the rear.

“The children walk to school in a group along a set route picking up additional 'passengers' at specific 'bus stops' along the way.

“The bus runs in all weather conditions and everyone wears a reflective jacket supplied by MEA PCSP.”

The scheme will be delivered across the Borough in the coming months, in partnership with PSNI Road Policing officers, who will deliver a road safety awareness talk to the children before supplying them with their reflective vest.

Benefits of the walking bus include:

  • good for children - a walking bus is a safe way for children to walk to school, allowing children to have regular daily exercise and reinforcing the habit of walking for shorter journeys
  • good for the environment with less congestion and traffic, which means less pollution
  • good for you - an opportunity for you to have social contact with other parents, physical exercise and the feeling of well-being knowing that you're doing something worthwhile.