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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...
Who can participate?
Ideally, a Walk or Bike to School Day involves ALL students, including those with disabilities and...
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...
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 is Bike to School Day?
The first-ever National Bike to School Day will take place on May 9, 2012, as part of National Bike Month. Local events across the U.S. will encourage children to safely bicycle or walk to school...
When is International Walk to School Day in 2015?
Walk to School Day is typically on Wednesday of the first FULL week in October. For 2015 this means that Walk to School Day will fall on Wednesday, October 7. Please...
What happens if it rains?
Coordinators should state in event announcements ahead of time whether the event will be held “rain or shine,” or whether there will be an alternate rain date.
My question is how many kids do this?
While we don't collect the total number of students participating, there were 2,630 Bike to School Day and 5,034 Walk to School Day events in 2015!
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...
Why is the event being held?
Communities choose to participate for many reasons including to promote physical activity, pedestrian safety or concern for the environment. If there is a specific reason behind the event,...
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...
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!
Who is coordinating Bike to School Day?
The National Center for Safe Routes to School, which serves as the information clearinghouse for the federal Safe Routes to School program and...
Hi I'm a High School teacher and I was wondering if this event included high schoolers or just Elementary and Middle Schools?
All school levels are invited to participate in Walk/Bike to School Day. In some areas, high school students help teach elementary students bicycle and pedestrian safety...
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...
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...
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...
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 do I organize an event?