A walking school bus (WSB) is a group of children walking to/from school under adult supervision. A WSB program promotes physical activity, teaches pedestrian safety skills, and helps reduce concerns about children traveling to/from school by having trained volunteers supervise. With increased school transportation budget cuts, many districts have eliminated courtesy bussing. As a result, the number of students walking/bicycling to and/or from school and those driven by parents has steadily increased. To help reduce traffic congestion around schools, walking school buses offer a practical travel option for those living near school. Many types of walking school buses have been successful, and each school’s WSB program may differ depending on the neighborhood, volunteers, traffic, and school.

This in-person training will discuss the purpose of the Florida Safe Routes to School (SRTS) WSB program and bicycle train program, how to identify barriers for walking and biking to plan a safe route, the steps involved in creating a WSB/bicycle train program and determine what type of WSB/bicycle train program is best for your school. This training is based on the Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) current Safe Routes to School Walking School Bus Program.

Florida Safe Routes to SchoolFlorida SRTS is a statewide program, funded by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), whose goal is to make it safer for more children to walk and bike to school. This training is brought to you by FDOT through the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) and Florida Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) Center at the University of South Florida (USF). The Florida LTAP Center provides quality training, technical assistance, and technology transfer to the Florida local transportation workforce.

Target Audience

School administration, crossing guards, safety professionals, local and state agencies, and interested community members.

Learning Objectives:

✔ Describe the purpose of a walking/rolling school bus.
✔ Identify the benefits of a walking/rolling school bus program.
✔ Describe the steps for planning and implementing a walking/rolling school bus at a school.
✔ Identify resources and partnerships that will help build a walking/rolling school bus program while incorporating safety.
✔ Identify and provide the best approach for school selection and event promotion to maximize participation in a walking/rolling school bus program.
✔ Illustrate how data collection can benefit a walking school bus program and help measure success and opportunities.

This training is provided at no cost and will award a certificate to those fully attending and completing the training. Professional Development Hours (3.0 PDHs) will be provided to those that request these during registration.

Instructor Bio:

Jason Jackman is a Senior Research Associate with the University of South Florida’s Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR). For over 14 years, he has managed programs such as Tampa’s Safe Routes to School program, as well as other bicycle and pedestrian safety programs throughout the State of Florida. He is a safety advocate and enjoys meeting and working with community partners who share an interest in transportation safety. Mr. Jackman holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of South Florida.

Please select one of the sessions below

Walking/Rolling School Bus Training

DATE: Friday, March 22, 2024
TIME: 10:00am to 1:00pm (ET)
LOCATION: Starkey Ranch Theatre Library Cultural Center 12118 Lake Blanche Dr, Odessa, FL 33556

Walking/Rolling School Bus Training

DATE: Friday, March 22, 2024
TIME: 2:00 to 5:00pm (ET)
LOCATION: Starkey Ranch Theatre Library Cultural Center 12118 Lake Blanche Dr, Odessa, FL 33556