Walking School Bus Program Feasibility in a Suburban Setting

Bumjoon Kang, Chunyuan Diao

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A walking school bus (WSB), a group of children walking to school under adult supervision, has social, environmental, and public health benefits. Although WSBs may require a certain neighborhood density and street configuration to recruit and organize groups, our spatial analysis showed that when 20% of students living near their school join WSBs, those students could form an adequately sized WSB group. Our parent survey showed that about 40% of parents were likely to allow their children to walk to school if a friend accompanies them. Thus, we conclude that WSBs are feasible in a low-density suburban neighborhood setting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)365-374
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Planning Education and Research
Issue number3
Early online dateDec 19 2018
StatePublished - Sep 2022


  • Safe routes to school
  • child pedestrians
  • public health
  • traffic safety
  • transportation
  • walkability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development
  • Urban Studies


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