News: #lovemybus Pack for Schools & Youth Groups

News: #lovemybus Pack for Schools & Youth Groups

Today Scotland’s #lovemybus campaign launches a national programme for children and young people at Ratho Primary School, Edinburgh.

This week all the children in Ratho Primary School have been participating in conversations and activities all about the benefits of choosing the bus for every day journeys.

Peter Gibb, Headteacher at Ratho Primary School said:

“We are delighted to welcome the lovemybus team to the school! We are proud to be an ‘Eco-School’ and this ties in well with our learning for sustainability across all classes. It’s a great opportunity to educate and enthuse the children about environmentally friendly practices and the options available to them and their families for sustainable transport in Edinburgh. To host the bus in the school playground and allow the children on to explore it as part of their learning is a lot of fun too! Thank you to Stacey and the Transform team for your good work!”

Launching the children & youth programme pack for Schools and Youth Groups, with partners First Bus, Stacey O’Flaherty from #lovemybus said:

“The #lovemybus team are excited to provide this free package of resources and visits – for schools and youth groups across Scotland. Choosing bus can improve our health and bus has a key role in tackling the climate emergency. Any switch from car to bus helps and Scotland makes low and zero emission buses – there are lots of interesting jobs in bus we are talking about!

Those who work in bus have kept our communities connected throughout the pandemic, and now bus offers solutions for the future that we need right now – so there is a lot to celebrate about bus. The sessions for Schools and Youth Groups can be booked for free on our website today!”

Supporting our buses will be crucial in achieving a just and green transition to a net zero Scotland. As well as creating good jobs, reducing congestion and an improved transport system for all – choosing bus improves our health as we walk to the bus stop and relax on the journey!

Our School visits can be booked online for free, or resources downloaded directly from our website

#lovemybus Champion from First Bus, Robert Burns said:

“The launch of the #lovemybus Youth Programme comes at a time when the role that bus has to play in tackling the climate emergency has never been more important. Using the bus is an easy, low cost and sustainable way to travel within and between communities. Just one double decker bus has the potential to remove up to 75 cars from the road, which can lead to reductions in congestion and cleaner air for everyone.”

“The #lovemybus children & youth programme packs are an ideal tool for educating future generations that sustainable travel is key in the drive to look after our planet. With the roll out of low and zero emission buses across the country, there’s never been a better time for everyone including our youngsters, to make the switch to bus and tap into the benefits that they bring to local communities, the economy and individual lifestyles through improved health.”

The #lovemybus campaign is supported by Paths for All through their Smarter Choices, Smarter Places fund, to raise awareness and understanding of all the benefits of bus to our health, communities, economy and planet.

This programme has been designed to support the launch of national free bus travel passes for 5-21 year olds – with input from teachers and youth leaders.