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  • 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 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...

  • Do you have tips for approaching sponsors and recruiting volunteers?

    It may sound obvious, but ask partners and volunteers what they would like to contribute rather than assigning tasks. People’s interests may surprise you. Teachers may want to lead walking groups...

  • 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,...

  • 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 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...

  • What is Bike to School Day?

    The first-ever National Bike to School Day will take place on May 9, 2012, as part of National Bike Month. Local events across the U.S. will encourage children to safely bicycle or walk to school...

  • What if it’s not safe to walk?

    Walk on the school campus and hold a press conference with local community leaders to bring attention to safety concerns.

  • Who can participate?

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

  • 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...

  • How can I contact other event coordinators in my area?

    The web site maintains a comprehensive list by state and city of the registered events in your area. Here you are able to see the contact information of other...

  • Are there ways to build on a walking or biking event throughout the year?

    Absolutely! If students and parents show an interest in walking and biking to school more often, check out tips on how to Keep Going!

  • When is International Walk to School Day in 2015?

     

    Walk to School Day is typically on Wednesday of the first FULL week in October. For 2015 this means that Walk to School Day will fall on Wednesday, October 7. Please...

  • Who should be involved?

    Anyone who is interested in creating a more walkable and bikeable community. Individuals who are sometimes involved in Walk to School events include: children, parents, grandparents, care-givers,...

  • Who is coordinating Bike to School Day?

    The National Center for Safe Routes to School, which serves as the information clearinghouse for the federal Safe Routes to School program and...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Is Bike to School Day replacing Walk to School Day?

    Not at all! Bike to School Day is designed to complement Walk to School Day by offering a similar, bike-focused event in May. The event builds on the popularity of Walk to School Day, which is...

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  • What is a walking school bus?

    A walking school bus is a group of children accompanied by one or more adults on the walk to or from school. The group may meet at...

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