As of May 2014, the cost of this intervention is as follows: In general, a Walk to School Day budget for 50-200 students can range from $200 to $500 (including a stipend for a coordinator, advertising costs, raffle prizes, and snacks). A budget for a six-week Walking School Bus program for 20-50 students at one school can range from $500 to $2, 000 (including a stipend for a coordinator, advertising costs, snacks, t-shirts, and incentives). A budget for a community-wide or district-wide (10 schools) Walking School Bus program with four daily routes that run all year can range from $30, 000 to $60, 000. To maintain their program (450 children/12 schools), PedNet budgets $50, 000/year for staff time and direct purchases.
For the latest cost details, please contact the Safe Routes to Schools program directly.