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  • Can walkers participate in Bike to School Day?

    Of course! Bike to School Day encourages an active trip to school with a focus on the bicycle, but the celebration is not exclusive to that mode of transportation. Just as bicyclists are a part of...

  • What if my school/community already has a Bike to School Day event planned for another day? Can I still register my event?

    Yes. Anyone who is planning an event in the spirit of National Bike to School Day – meaning a spring event focused on an active trip to school by bicycle – is encouraged to register...

  • Do you have tips for approaching sponsors and recruiting volunteers?

    It may sound obvious, but ask partners and volunteers what they would like to contribute rather than assigning tasks. People’s interests may surprise you. Teachers may want to lead walking groups...

  • What if it's too far to walk?

    A designated meeting area within walking distance of the school allows families to park and walk together. Or, hold a walk during lunchtime on the school campus. The idea is to get walking....

  • What inspired International Walk to School Month? Didn’t it used to just be a day?

    In 2006, the International Walk to School Committee, consisting of representatives from several countries, promoted Walk to School for the entire month of October to include more countries around...

  • What if it’s not safe to walk?

    Walk on the school campus and hold a press conference with local community leaders to bring attention to safety concerns.

  • Are there ways to build on a walking or biking event throughout the year?

    Absolutely! If students and parents show an interest in walking and biking to school more often, check out tips on how to Keep Going!

  • How can I contact other event coordinators in my area?

    The web site maintains a comprehensive list by state and city of the registered events in your area. Here you are able to see the contact information of other...

  • Is Bike to School Day replacing Walk to School Day?

    Not at all! Bike to School Day is designed to complement Walk to School Day by offering a similar, bike-focused event in May. The event builds on the popularity of Walk to School Day, which is...

  • How do I get the local media involved?

    When media cover your event, they help spread the word of the great health, safety, environmental and social benefits of more children walking to school every day. In the...

  • Do you have any materials for Walk to School Day organizers?

    Yes! Registration of your event gives access to printable sticker templates and other promotional materials. Printable flyers, banners, activities and other...

  • How do I get parents and other schools to participate?

    Promote your event by sending home letters or flyers to inform parents about the Walk to School event. Schools with active PTA/PTOs can ask for help in getting the word out. Walk to School flyers...

  • When is International Walk to School Day in 2014?

     

    Walk to School Day is typically on Wednesday of the first FULL week in October. For 2014 this means that Walk to School Day will fall on Wednesday, October 8. Please...

  • When do we get our materials and kits?

    The National Center for Safe Routes to School does not have the capacity to maintain an inventory and cannot send out materials or kits for Walk to School Day. Instead, the Center provides online...

  • How much does it cost?

    Many organizers don't spend a cent on Walk to School Day. If you would like to provide snacks or prizes, talk to local businesses and ask them if they'll...

  • What if I am not sure if a walking or biking event is a good fit for my school?

    There are many considerations appropriate before holding a walk or bike to school event. Learn more about the reasons to walk or bike to school, how to...

  • What if it’s not safe to walk or bike?

    Some schools have significant barriers that make it very difficult for students to walk or bike. Even if this is the case, you still have options. Organize an...

  • How Far Can Students Be Expected to Walk or Bike?

    Many schools have walking/bicycling “zones,” that tend to be a half mile to 2 miles around the school. Obviously, it’s easier to go further on a bicycle than on foot. As a rule of thumb, walking...

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  • What is a walking school bus?

    A walking school bus is a group of children accompanied by one or more adults on the walk to or from school. The group may meet at...

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