When students take the school bus, parents and others save time and money. The result is less traffic congestion and demand for parking to improving safety. Taking the bus is the safest and most practical way to get to school year-round. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, students are nearly eight times safer riding in a school bus than with their own parents and guardians in cars.
For every school bus, there are 36 fewer cars clogging the morning commute and polluting the atmosphere. Riding the school bus makes our students and communities cleaner and healthier.
Travel by bus and save money, and free up valuable time for whatever you like — reading, writing, listening to music or tackling emails. Public transportation is an easy way to get more out of your day while spending less. For every mile you ride, you’re also using about one-half of the fuel consumed by the average car, so you’ll be making a big impact from saving fuel to reducing carbon emissions. See below for regional public transit providers or visit http://www.connectingcommuters.org.
Bring your bike on the bus to expand your mobility: http://www.cctaride.org/bus-information/bikes.html
Use the Google Map tool to help map, identify and communicate the best routes for walking, rolling and biking to school.
Instructions for creating a Walking School Bus or Bike Train map, using Google Maps:
Log into Google Maps using your free Google/Gmail account (necessary for creating maps).
Select “My Maps.”
Select “Create Map.”
Zoom to your school’s location.
Using the line tool, mark your walking route.
Using the pin tools, mark stops on your route. Label each stop with a name and the time the Walking School Bus will meet at that point.
Save your map. Select the “Share” link.
If you plan to share your map on a website, click on the menu next to the “Share” link and set your Privacy setting to “Public.” You will then have a link to your map to share.
Harness your natural energy and enjoy the great outdoors. Walking, biking, skateboarding or riding a scooter is a healthy way to get to school. It’s also healthier for the environment. A short, four-mile round-trip bicycle commute keeps almost 15 pounds of pollutants out of the air.
Safe Routes to Schools has developed several resources to assist schools in their education and outreach activities. Below are three helpful links to assist school leaders with tools and resources to map out routes for safe biking and walking.
Carpooling is an easy way to make a big difference with your daily commute. When you share your ride, not only will you keep great company, you can cut 50% of your commute costs! That’s a lot of savings. Not to mention, the carbon emissions you’ll save by sharing your ride – on average nearly 31 pounds! See how much you can save. Try the Go! Vermont Commute Calculator.
KEEP IT SIMPLE!
Zimride includes an “event” feature that enables the School Leader/Coordinator to set up your own carpool event to school. The first step is to register yourself as a carpooler.
Once you have joined Zimride, simply click on “Event” (located in the footer of the page) and set up your Way to Go! School name, event, and dates (Sept 25 – Oct 6). Then, encourage everyone to sign up at Zimride to receive a carpool matching referral. It helps take the “what if” out of carpooling, by letting you find the right commute for your needs. You can see other riders’ profiles, and even set the financial arrangements up front.
Make it easier for your School! Go Vermont can create a carpool event to help the school community receive a ride match referral.
Carpool: Go Vermont makes setting up carpools and vanpools nearly effortless! Check out Go Vermont’s easy-to-use carpool matching system, Zimride >> http://www.zimride.com/govermont
Vanpool: For more information on vanpools, guaranteed rides home and other Go Vermont offerings you can call or visit the website >> 800.685.RIDE (7433) >> connectingcommuters.org/
Vermont Statewide Park & Rides: Vermont has 27 State Park and Ride lots and 21 Municipal Park and Ride lots located throughout the state. For detailed information on each location, visit >> http://parkandrides.vermont.gov/
Call the Go Vermont customer support line (1.800.685.7433) or contact your local transit provider for your region from the directory below:
The Upper Valley of Vermont and New Hampshire has a number of transit providers: