Last week during Walk to School Week children joined walking buses to and from Bruton Primary School. Initially there were a few teething problems with the complicated network of seven walking bus routes. A spokeswoman for Transport for Bruton, responsible for helping to organise the buses, told us “We had a communication problem which was caused by the wrong type of sunshine at the weekend – this resulted in confusion and delay. We had unmarked buses, buses taking detours, some buses running early and others running too fast for the passengers!”. One Mother complained “We waited ages for a walking bus and then two came along at once!”. However, as the week progressed the running of the network improved with more and more families joining the buses. By the end of the week most of the bus lines were running smoothly and despite variable weather conditions the passengers enjoyed themselves. Many families that regularly drive were happily walking to school with the buses.
Next year in ‘Walk to School Week’ the walking buses will return. Transport for Bruton told us, “We will be returning next year with improvements to our afternoon service and our ‘park and stride’ schemes.” Thank you to all the bus leaders and please see Walking Buses for photographs and more details. We have also added photographs of our after-school walk and ‘road sign’ competition. We will shortly be adding more text and photos to both of these pages so do visit them again soon.
If you believe that every child that can walk to school should be able to do so safely and easily then please sign the Living Streets Petition and visit Sustrans Campaign for Safer Streets.
BASii will be at the Packhorse fair so please come along and see us there.