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Government backs safety scheme as an environmental innovation

24 March 2009

The world’s first ever Walking Bus, was established in Hertfordshire in 1998 - an innovation which won a Prince Michael Road Safety Award. Now the concept where parent volunteers walk the children to school, with a ‘driver’ at the front and a ‘conductor’ at the back, collecting children from ‘bus stops’ along the route has received more Government backing.

Primary school children across the country are swapping their parents' cars for the pavement in return for a share of £1.8m of Government money.

Over two hundred schools in The Eastern Region alone have been awarded up to £1,000 to encourage pupils to walk to school, helping them to keep fit and reducing the number of journeys made by car.

More on how to set up a Walking Bus can be found here.