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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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 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...
How do I organize an event?
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 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.
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 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,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...