Let’s keep the momentum going!

Man and child walk hand-in-hand.Now that National Walk to School Day 2020 is in the history books, communities are looking toward the future – a future that continues active, safe routes to school for students everywhere.

Most past Walk and Bike to School Day coordinators report that their events led to changes to policies or the physical environment in their communities – the kinds of changes needed to support safe walking and biking every day, not just for special events. Check out Beyond the Event for more information about walking and biking year-round and student education.

Mark your calendar for National Bike to School Day on May 5, 2021, and get ready to bring attention to the value and joy of safe walking and rolling!

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Plan Your Event

Would you like to start a Walk to School Day event in your community in 2021?

Get inspiration from event ideas for the 2020 event submitted by Walk and Bike to School Day organizers around the country.

First time planning a school-based event? Check out the Getting Started Guide. Be sure to adapt your event to align with local public health guidance.

 

Walking & Rolling to School During the Pandemic

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, school districts and states are implementing several variations of in-school and at-home learning this year.

Planning Considerations for Walking & Rolling to School in Fall 2020 describes the benefits of including walking and biking to school in fall school re-opening plans and addresses four main planning questions.

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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 8, 2019, was the eighth annual National Bike to School Day, and participation set a new record with more than 3,400 registered events. Find out who participated this year and in previous years.
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Who Walked

Walk to School Day 2019 was celebrated in all 50 states and DC, with over 5,100 registered events. See who stepped up, and find out who walked in previous years.
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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, safety organizations, advocacy groups, community leaders and government to improve the well-being of children by walking and biking to school.
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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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