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  • What inspired International Walk to School Month? Didn’t it used to just be a day?

    In 2006, the International Walk to School Committee, consisting of representatives from several countries, promoted Walk to School for the entire month of October to include more countries around...

  • What kind of activities should I plan for that day?

    The event can be as simple as encouraging children and parents to walk to school together. Some communities choose a remote meeting place so that all families walk together parade-style. Upon...

  • What is the Walkability Checklist?

    The walkability checklist is a simple five-question checklist that adults and children can use to examine their neighborhoods...

  • When is International Walk to School Day in 2014?

     

    Walk to School Day is typically on Wednesday of the first FULL week in October. For 2014 this means that Walk to School Day will fall on Wednesday, October 8. Please...

  • Why is the event being held?

    Communities choose to participate for many reasons including to promote physical activity, pedestrian safety or concern for the environment. If there is a specific reason behind the event,...

  • How can I incorporate walking to school in my community's everyday activities?

    You can visit our Keep Going! section for ideas on how to institute year-round walking and biking programs at your school. For more information, see the...

  • How much does it cost?

    Many organizers don't spend a cent on Walk to School Day. If you would like to provide snacks or prizes, talk to local businesses and ask them if they'll...

  • How do I get the local media involved?

    When media cover your event, they help spread the word of the great health, safety, environmental and social benefits of more children walking to school every day. In the...

  • Do you have any materials for Walk to School Day organizers?

    Yes! Registration of your event gives access to printable sticker templates and other promotional materials. Printable flyers, banners, activities and other...

  • What if I am not sure if a walking or biking event is a good fit for my school?

    There are many considerations appropriate before holding a walk or bike to school event. Learn more about the reasons to walk or bike to school, how to...

  • When do we get our materials and kits?

    The National Center for Safe Routes to School does not have the capacity to maintain an inventory and cannot send out materials or kits for Walk to School Day. Instead, the Center provides online...

  • Can walkers participate in Bike to School Day?

    Of course! Bike to School Day encourages an active trip to school with a focus on the bicycle, but the celebration is not exclusive to that mode of transportation. Just as bicyclists are a part of...

  • How do I organize an event?

  • What if it’s not safe to walk or bike?

    Some schools have significant barriers that make it very difficult for students to walk or bike. Even if this is the case, you still have options. Organize an...

  • Is there going to be Bike to School Day registration?

    Yes. Communities, schools and organizations will be able to register events and individuals will be able to register as...

  • How Far Can Students Be Expected to Walk or Bike?

    Many schools have walking/bicycling “zones,” that tend to be a half mile to 2 miles around the school. Obviously, it’s easier to go further on a bicycle than on foot. As a rule of thumb, walking...

  • How do I get parents and other schools to participate?

    Promote your event by sending home letters or flyers to inform parents about the Walk to School event. Schools with active PTA/PTOs can ask for help in getting the word out. Walk to School flyers...

  • What happens if it rains?

    Coordinators should state in event announcements ahead of time whether the event will be held “rain or shine,” or whether there will be an alternate rain date.

  • Who can participate?

    Ideally, a Walk or Bike to School Day involves ALL students, including those with disabilities and...

  • I just registered my event but it's not showing up on the Who's Walking Page. Does this mean I need to register again?

    Thank you for registering your event! We are thrilled that you are participating this year and that you've taken the time to register on the website. Unfortunately each registration needs to...

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