New walking bus hits the streets

2017-05-02 06:01

Residents and volunteers have banded together to take part in a new initiative to ensure learners’ safety.

This as Dan Plato, provincial community safety minister, launched another walking bus initiative, this time in Woodlands, on Tuesday 18 April.

The walking bus initiative aims to create a safe and supervised route for learners to and from school every day with the commitment and involvement of the community playing a central part to help create a safer environment.

May last year saw Plato launching the first walking bus initiative. Since then they have partnered with communities across Cape Town and recently expanded the idea to neighbourhoods in the Southern Cape.

The recent walking bus launch in Woodlands builds on the success of other existing walking bus initiatives.

They are based on the demand from communities across the province who wish to prioritise safety in their suburbs.

The Woodlands walking bus sees parents volunteering their time to help improve the safety of learners on their way to and from school by forming the “drivers” of the “bus”. The parents will be supported by the neighbourhood watch, community policing forum, the schools that the walking bus route covers, the City of Cape Town’s Metro Police, Traffic, Law Enforcement and police.

Through the walking bus initiative, the parents, learners and teachers of Princeton Secondary School, Woodlands Secondary School, Highlands Primary School, Woodville Primary School and Northwood Primary School are making school safety a ­priority.

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