Register Now for Walk to School Day

Walk to School Day is on October 6, 2021 and registration is now open. Recognizing that this fall, many schools are in session in different ways, you are welcome again to register your participation as an entire school, a neighborhood, or a family. Hearing from participants for Bike to School Day in May, we know that these events are important opportunities to gather as a school or community, encourage physical activity, and promote safety in your neighborhoods and near schools. We’re keeping registration open for everyone to participate in a way that is best for their school and fits local public health guidance.

Walk to School Day in 2021 is officially on October 6, and we encourage participation throughout October. Here is more on how to get a start on planning and share the excitement for Walk to School Day this year:

Getting Back to School Together

As communities continue adjusting to the impacts of the pandemic, schools are welcoming students back to campus. Resources from the Committee on Safe & Healthy Journeys to School During the COVID-19 Pandemic & Beyond help support safe travel for students for in-person school. The Getting Back to School Together webpages include key strategies for school travel, school travel guidance, & 12 school & community strategies implemented during the pandemic that might work anywhere.

 

Re-envisioning School Streets

Cities and schools working together can support safe walking and biking for students along with other benefits by closing or limiting motor vehicle access on a street adjacent to a school.

In Re-envisioning School Streets: Creating More Space for Children and Families, five case examples demonstrate how schools and cities have made temporary and permanent changes to support active travel.

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's Walking 2021

Thousands of schools and communities around the country register their events. See who registered near you.
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Who's Biking 2021

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

Communities across the country joined together to celebrate Walk to School Day 2020. See who stepped up, and find out who walked in previous years.
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Who Biked

Communities across the country celebrated the tenth annual National Bike to School Day in 2021. Find out who participated this year and in previous years.
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BEYOND the day


Year-Round Walking, Biking & Rolling

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 active commutes to school 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 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, biking & rolling to school.
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Learn more


Why Walk, Bike & Roll

Events are a wonderful way to celebrate the joy and independence of walking, biking & rolling 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 active commutes 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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