Welcome to the second installment of the “Life on the Atlanta BeltLine” video series! This series visits people who utilize the Atlanta BeltLine and illustrates how it brings value to their lives. In this short video, Brent of Our West End Newsletter talks about his idea for walking school buses on the Westside trail where four schools are located just off the corridor.
The notion of a “walking school bus” along the Westside Trail was developed by Brent while walking with his family in-between Art on the Atlanta BeltLine performances at Gordon White Park. Brent believes that using the Atlanta BeltLine will contribute to the health of the kids and the community, while also providing a family-friendly mode of transportation, as the Westside Trail is located in a highly residential area with many families.
With M. Agnes Jones Elementary, Brown Middle School, Washington High School, and KIPP STRIVE Academy all located just off the trail, “any kid who’s growing up and living in Historic West End could actually take the BeltLine through his entire matriculation, from kindergarten all the way through high school” says Brent. The walking school bus could potentially have a positive impact on the health of the children walking to and from school, contributing to the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) recommended 60 minutes of physical activity they need each day.*
View the short video to see how the walking school bus can possibly strengthen the community, improve children’s health, and ultimately improve children’s learning.