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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...
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...
Do they have walk to school today October 7,2015
Yes, Walk to School Day was Wednesday, October 7, 2015. However, schools are encouraged to celebrate any day that works with their schedule. You can register your event on walkbiketoschool.org...
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...
What should children wear?
Encourage participants to wear brightly colored clothing and comfortable shoes for walking or biking. Many states require children to wear a bike helmet when riding a bicycle. Even if it is not...
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...
What is the Walkability Checklist?
The walkability checklist is a simple five-question checklist that adults and children can use to examine their neighborhoods...
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...
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!
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...
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...
Is there going to be Bike to School Day registration?
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...
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...
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 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 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...