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  • 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 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...

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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 is the Walkability Checklist?

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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....

  • 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 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...

  • 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 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...

  • I'm looking for song ideas to play when students arrive at the school. Any ideas?

    Great question! Music is a great way to make your event fun for everyone. If you are thinking about playing music, perhaps you might like the...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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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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