Keep the Celebration Going all Year Long!

Bike to School Day and Walk to School Day events both celebrate the joys of walking and biking and open the eyes of students, families, school and community leaders and partners in seeing the possibilities for walking and biking to school every day. 

A little more than one-half of events are already a part of ongoing promotion of safe walking and bicycling, while other communities are just getting families excited about walking and biking to school.

For more ways to inspire year-round activities like Safe Routes to School programs, bike clubs, safety skills clinics, and walking school bus programs, visit the “Year-Round Biking and Walking” page for information, resources and tips.

Walk to School Day 2017

Celebrate Walk to School Day on Oct. 4th

Join communities across the country, and world, for International Walk to School Day on October 4th! Stay tuned for event registration opening in August. Visit Who Walked 2016 to see who participated in last year's event.
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Commitment to Youth Safety

See How Communities Can Take Action

Walk and Bike to School Day provide opportunities for communities to commit to creating safe environments for youth to walk and bicycle.
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PLAN an event


How to Plan

Walk and Bike to School Day events can be simple or elaborate. A school might start by hosting a big event, and then hold low key events over time. Another place might start simple and then build efforts in subsequent years. Read on to learn more about planning the event.
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Event Ideas

Walk and bike events come in all sizes. Make the event something that will resonate with what families, the school and broader community care about. Browse these ideas to help you plan your event.
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Get Media Attention

Promoting your event in the community can help build awareness of your event theme or cause, such as healthy habits, neighborhood safety or a sense of community. We’ve provided some tools to help you get started.
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Downloadable Materials

Use these downloadable materials to help with promoting your event, decorating the school, or getting the students involved in and excited about the celebration.
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SEE who's signed up


Who Biked

May 10, 2017, was the sixth annual National Bike to School Day, and participation passed 3000 for the first time. Find out who participated this year and in previous years. Read More >

Who Walked

The 20th annual Walk to School Day  in 2016 set a new participation record with more than 5,000 registered events. See who stepped up, and find out who walked in previous years. Read More >

BEYOND the day


Year-Round Biking and Walking

For most schools, a one-day event is not enough. Communities see the promise of healthier students and safer streets. Learn more about transitioning your event into ongoing activities.
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Student Education

Programs that encourage walking and bicycling should also incorporate safety education. In order for children to adopt new skills, they need practice time and repeated reinforcement of the key messages. The following walking and biking resources can help.
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Safe Routes to School

Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs are sustained efforts by parents, schools, law enforcement, advocacy groups, community leaders and government to improve the well-being of children by walking and biking to school.
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Learn more


Why Walk or Bike

Events are a wonderful way to celebrate the joy and independence of walking and biking to school and they bring schools and communities together for a common purpose. Most of all, they are fun!
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About the Events

The first National Walk to School Day was held in 1997 and the first-ever National Bike to School Day was celebrated in 2012 across the USA. Join communities as they walk and bicycle to school for these events each year.
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About Us

The National Center for Safe Routes to School, the coordinating agency for Walk and Bike to School Day, is committed to empowering communities to make walking and bicycling to school a safe, appealing, preferred choice for families.
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Contact Us

Do you have a question or comment about Walk to School Day or Bike to School Day? Want to share your event stories and photos? We’d love to hear from you!
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