A NEW “Walking Bus” has been launched in Birkby.
And staff at Birkby Infant and Nursery School hope that the New Year will see many more families join in.
They launched the safety scheme in partnership with West Yorkshire Police and Kirklees Streetscene and Housing.
The aim is to encourage pupils to walk to school, accompanied by parents from the car park of the Spink’s Nest pub in Blacker Road.
Currently, the ‘Walking Bus’ operates every Friday morning. Parents can park in the car park and take their children to join PCSO Deb Smith together with a group of parent volunteers who all walk to school together.
PCSO Smith said: “This initiative is ideal for parents who need to drop their children off at school before they go to work.
“They can park easily and avoid the stress of finding a parking space, helping to leave the roads near the school gates clear.”
The initiative aims to reduce traffic congestion and improve road safety around the school site as well as helping to develop children’s road safety skills. Children gain healthy exercise and fresh air before school.
Birkby head teacher Mrs Diana Wilson said “This is a great opportunity to encourage our pupils to develop lifelong healthy habits and address the parking issues at the school. Walking in a large group can be great fun for children.”
Cabinet member for Streetscene, Clr Cathy Scott, said: “Walking Buses are great initiatives as they encourage safe and healthy lifestyles by allowing children to walk to school in a safe and controlled environment.”
Any additional parents/carers who are interested in taking advantage of the walking bus are asked to contact to the school on 01484 223969.
New parent volunteers can also find out how they can help support the bus by contacting the school.