Ask the Insider

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • What is the Walkability Checklist?

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

  • 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 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 should children wear?

    Encourage participants to wear brightly colored clothing and comfortable shoes for walking or biking. Many states require children to wear a bike helmet when riding a bicycle. Even if it is not...

  • Who can participate?

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

  • 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 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,...

  • 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...

  • How do you include children that do not own bicycles. Are there resources available to provide these children with bikes for the event?

    The National Center for Safe Routes to School has teamed up with Schwinn for the third year to host the Bike to School Day SmartStart Bike Share Giveaway providing 10 Schwinn SmartStart bikes...

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • My question is how many kids do this?

    While we don't collect the total number of students participating, there were 2,630 Bike to School Day and 5,034 Walk to School Day events in 2015!

  • Hi I'm a High School teacher and I was wondering if this event included high schoolers or just Elementary and Middle Schools?

    Thank you

    Jeannie Lanio

    Hi Jeannie, 

    All school levels are invited to participate in Walk/Bike to School Day. In some areas, high school students help teach elementary students bicycle and pedestrian safety...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • What if it's too far to walk?

    A designated meeting area within walking distance of the school allows families to park and walk together. Or, hold a walk during lunchtime on the school campus. The idea is to get walking....

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