For most communities, a one-day event is not enough. Parents, children, teachers and elected officials all see the promise of healthier, happier students; quieter, cleaner and safer streets; and more connected neighborhoods. In the end, walk and bike to school events are about changing community culture. In the process, they build an environment that’s more inviting for every walker and bicyclist, young or old.
Some events are already a strategic part of long-term efforts to promote safe walking and bicycling every day, called Safe Routes to School programs. If you’re looking to transition to ongoing activities, you’re in good company: more than half of walk and bike to school events are part of larger efforts toward walking and bicycling to school.
Walking school buses, mileage tracking, bicycle trains and bicycle skills clinics, and are all ways to keep families excited about walking and bicycling to school.
Walking school buses are a great way to offer children a supervised walk to school on a regular basis.
Bicycle trains allow students to bicycle to school together on a designated route under supervision. Bicycle Skills Clinics or “bicycle rodeos” are hands-on bicycle safety lesson with bike inspections, safety talks and bicycle skills practice.
Providing a way for students to track the miles that they have walked or ridden a bicycle is a tangible way to chart progress toward a walking or biking goal.