The Power of Community: More Than 5,600 Events for Walk to School Day 2018

Thank you to communities across the nation for raising excitement and awareness about walking to school. Thousands of schools were joined by local officials and members of the community on October 10, 2018 – and throughout the month – to hold organized events where children walked to or at school.

A record-breaking 5,613 communities participated in Walk to School Day activities, and based on previous years, it’s likely that more than half of these events will lead to policies, environmental changes and ongoing activities to promote walking and biking throughout the year. Be sure to check out Beyond the Event for more information about walking and biking year-round, student education and Safe Routes to School.

Coming up – National Bike to School Day on May 8, 2019 – where hundreds of communities across the United States will pedal their way to a healthy and safe day at school. Be on the lookout for Bike to School Day registration to open in early March!


Vision Zero for Youth

Your Community is Invited to Join

Brought to you by the national coordinators of Walk and Bike to School Day, Vision Zero for Youth encourages communities to focus safety improvements and slow traffic speeds where children and youth walk and bike, with the ultimate goal of benefiting all community members.






See Who Registered

Thanks for Celebrating Walk to School Day on Oct. 10, 2018 and throughout October

Thousands of schools and communities around the country register their Walk to School Day events each year. Check out Who Walked 2018 to see which schools registered in your community.




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 Walked 2018

Thousands of schools and communities around the country register their events. See who registered near you.
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Who Biked

May 9, 2018, was the seventh annual National Bike to School Day, and participation set a new record with more than 3,200 registered events. Find out who participated this year and in previous years.
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Who Walked

Walk to School Day  2017 set a new participation record with nearly 5,600 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, 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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