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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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?

     

    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...

  • 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 do I organize an event?

  • 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...

  • 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,...

  • 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 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...

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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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