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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • Who can participate?

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

  • 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 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...

  • 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....

  • 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...

  • Are there any grants available for National Bike to School Day, 2016?

    The National Center for Safe Routes to School does not have grants available for Bike to School Day. However, we have teamed up with Schwinn for the third year to host the Bike to School Day...

  • 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 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 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...

  • Do they have walk to school today October 7,2015

    Yes, Walk to School Day was Wednesday, October 7, 2015. However, schools are encouraged to celebrate any day that works with their schedule. You can register your event on walkbiketoschool.org...

  • 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 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 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...

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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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