CBC reports that eight local schools will implement “walking school buses“:
Students at eight Ottawa elementary schools will say goodbye to yellow buses in favour of a paid pedestrian guide this fall.
Ottawa Public Health is launching the walking school bus pilot project to help battle obesity rates by keeping students active. Program manager Marie-Claude Turcotte said adult supervisors will be paid $13 to $15 an hour.
This is a great initiative. It’s good move in terms of health and the environment. It also reminds us that, yes, kids can walk places. Finally, considering that financial matters have led to Ottawa losing two busing vendors, it makes a whole lot of sense economically.