Recently, Leapfrog Bus had the chance to run again over the summer! Through links that were established during Stage 2 of the Knee High Design Challenge, we were commissioned to provide a series of local summer trips for three children’s centres in Southwark.
Over 3 separate days in early August we ran trips from three children’s centres to different destinations, which included visits to the Imperial War Museum, Science Museum and Ruskin Park in Camberwell. In total we had almost 100 passengers!
Families with young children were given activity bags to complete on the journey, which were tailored to the destination they were going to. The aim of this was to try and encourage children and families to engage with the local environment from the bus and at the destination. We also provided a tour of some of the iconic landmarks in London.
Running the project again also gave us an opportunity to review the service concept and gain further understanding about children’s centres as a customer. There was also an opportunity to gain additional insight into how different families experienced the journey and the varying levels of interaction. Buses were provided by Stagecoach London. We received lots of great feedback, particularly around the ease of using the service.
In terms of continuing with the project, there are a few different avenues to consider.
We are currently exploring whether to continue to develop the existing service and the transferability of the concept to other places in the country.
Emerging findings and feedback from Stages 1 and 2 of the Knee High Project suggests that more research is required into the links between mobility in the urban environment and the health and wellbeing of younger age groups. Therefore, we are also exploring the possibility of developing research proposals to fill this knowledge gap.