The concepts of the “Walking School bus”, “Park and Stride” and car-pooling are well understood. We will combine these concepts in an innovative and community-focused service that includes those for whom driving to school is a necessity rather than a choice.
The Happy Crocodile is a service that allows schools and parents to plan, create and manage walking school bus routes that provide exercise and fun for primary school children.
We acknowledge that many parents have no choice but to drive to school. For this reason, we will engage with local businesses with car parking space to define “Park and Stride” community hubs. This not only helps to reduce congestion in the school environs, but also contributes to community cohesion via business engagement in a community project.
Finally, for those parents currently with no option but to use the car, the service incorporates car-pooling options for transporting multiple children in each car to and from the Park and Stride hub(s). This reduces traffic in the community overall and promotes greater inclusivity in the service.