Before/Afterschool Activity

Initiative Description: Organized groups of children that walk and bike together are called “walking school buses” and “bike trains,” respectively. These groups allow parents to share the responsibility of supervising children’s trips and provide the children with a group of friends to travel with + Geographic mapping systems showing the homes of the participating children facilitate establishment of these walking and biking groups along with parent contact information to facilitate formation of “walking school buses” and “bike trains.”

Study Results: From fall 2000 to spring 2002, there was a 64% increase in the number of children walking, a 114% increase in the number of students biking, a 91% increase in the number of students carpooling, and a 39% decrease in the number of children arriving by private car carrying only one student

Reference: Staunton, C. E., Hubsmith, D., & Kallins, W. (2003). Promoting safe walking and biking to school: the Marin County success story. American Journal of Public Health, 93(9), 1431- 1434.

Level of Evidence: 2 out of 5 stars Good