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  • Is there going to be Bike to School Day registration?

    Yes. Communities, schools and organizations will be able to register events and individuals will be able to register as...

  • 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....

  • 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...

  • Who can participate?

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

  • 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,...

  • 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...

  • What is the Walkability Checklist?

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

  • 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 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 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...

  • How can I incorporate walking to school in my community's everyday activities?

    You can visit our Keep Going! section for ideas on how to institute year-round walking and biking programs at your school. For more information, see the...

  • 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...

  • 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!

  • 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 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 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.

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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