What has 120 legs, 60 smiles and makes four stops as it cruises up and down the sidewalks of Doran and Geneva streets? It is the R.D. White Elementary School “walking school bus,” the latest effort by staff and parents to promote pedestrian and traffic safety at the site.
Approximately 60 students – divided into four groups – were escorted Friday to White by adult volunteers who donned neon orange reflector vests and positioned themselves as front and rear bumpers. The participants assembled at four “stops,” each natural gathering points several blocks from the school.
The walking school bus was introduced this year as a monthly event after first used on an experimental basis in 2008. It is part of a larger effort — modeled on the national Safe Routes to School program — to promote safety and alternative modes of transportation at White and throughout the Glendale Unified School District.