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Are walking school bus programs a good idea?

Some students at eight Ottawa elementary schools will say goodbye to yellow buses in favour of a paid pedestrian guide this fall, and CBC Ottawa wants to know what people think about it.

Pilot program starting at 8 Ottawa elementary schools this fall

CBC Ottawa wants to know if you think paid pedestrian guides walking children to school is a good idea. (Flickr)

Some students at eight Ottawa elementary schools will say goodbye to yellow buses in favour of a paid pedestrian guide this fall, and CBC Ottawa wants to know what people think about it.

Ottawa Public Health is launching the walking school bus pilot project to help battle obesity rates by keeping students active. Adult supervisors will be paid $13 to $15 an hour.

The pilot is part of a larger project to implement new walk zones at public and Catholic schools in Ottawa. By September 2015, an estimated 2,500 students could be walking to school rather than riding the bus.

Here's what people on Twitter thought.