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  • 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...

  • What kind of activities should I plan for that day?

    The event can be as simple as encouraging children and parents to walk to school together. Some communities choose a remote meeting place so that all families walk together parade-style. Upon...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • When is International Walk to School Day in 2015?

    The 2015 International Walk to School Day will be held on October 7, 2015. National Bike to School Day 2015, will be on May 6, 2015.  Visit 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...

  • 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 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.

  • What is the Walkability Checklist?

    The walkability checklist is a simple five-question checklist that adults and children can use to examine their neighborhoods...

  • How do you include children that do not own bicycles. Are there resources available to provide these children with bikes for the event?

    The National Center for Safe Routes to School has teamed up with Schwinn for the third year to host the Bike to School Day SmartStart Bike Share Giveaway providing 10 Schwinn SmartStart bikes...

  • Who should be involved?

    Anyone who is interested in creating a more walkable and bikeable community. Individuals who are sometimes involved in Walk to School events include: children, parents, grandparents, care-givers,...

  • Are there any grants available for National Bike to School Day, 2016?

    The National Center for Safe Routes to School does not have grants available for Bike to School Day. However, we have teamed up with Schwinn for the third year to host the Bike to School Day...

  • 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 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.

  • I just registered my event but it's not showing up on the Who's Walking Page. Does this mean I need to register again?

    Thank you for registering your event! We are thrilled that you are participating this year and that you've taken the time to register on the website. Unfortunately each registration needs to...

  • Who can participate?

    Ideally, a Walk or Bike to School Day involves ALL students, including those with disabilities and...

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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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