'Walking bus' just the ticket.
Children from a city primary are leading the way on the school run. The pupils from Christ the King Catholic Primary in Cardiff have been catching the walking bus to school every day for the last year. And as part of International Walk to School Month, Cardiff council's road safety unit is calling on other schools to follow their lead.
The Walking Bus was set up by a group of parents 12 months ago and runs every weekday morning from the Sainsbury's store in Excalibur Drive, Thornhill, to the school in Everest Avenue.
Around 25 children from toddlers to 11-year-olds take part supervised with the help of nine adults.
Alan Lang, Safer Routes to School Officer at the Road Safety Centre, said: 'The Walking Bus is an alternative new way for children and parents to travel to and from school in Cardiff. Staffed by trained parent volunteers, it provides children with regular exercise and the opportunity to develop vital road safety skills as they walk.
'The walking bus has an adult driver at the front and an adult conductor at the rear. The bus follows a safe route picking up passengers on the way.'
The school's walking bus co-ordinator Susanne Barthelmes said: 'We hope that more parents and children will follow our example and set up other buses.'
Headteacher of Christ the King, Bernadette Hancock hailed the walking bus a great success, adding: 'Our thanks to all our parents who commit themselves to run this bus. It is really something to be proud of.'
For more information on setting up a walking bus, call the road safety centre on 029 2061 9907 or visit www.roadsafety.cardiff.gov.uk