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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...
Hi I'm a High School teacher and I was wondering if this event included high schoolers or just Elementary and Middle Schools?
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...
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...
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.
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...
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!
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 my school/community already has a Bike to School Day event planned for another day? Can I still register my event?
Yes. Anyone who is planning an event in the spirit of National Bike to School Day – meaning a spring event focused on an active trip to school by bicycle – is encouraged to register...
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...
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...
When is International Walk to School Day in 2015?
The 2015 International Walk to School Day will be held on October 7, 2015. National Bike to School Day 2015, will be on May 6, 2015. Visit Keep Going...
Who can participate?
Ideally, a Walk or Bike to School Day involves ALL students, including those with disabilities and...
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...
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...
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 is the Walkability Checklist?
The walkability checklist is a simple five-question checklist that adults and children can use to examine their neighborhoods...
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...
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...