About the Events

Photo of early Walk to School Day event with children and their school mascot.

A national event can be an amazing impetus for change in communities. Through annual surveys, local Walk & Roll to School Day coordinators across the country have told us how a simple one-day event has led to great changes such as long-term walking and rolling programs, new sidewalks and pathways, and needed policy changes at schools and in communities. Improvements that normally take a long time to institute can happen quickly when city officials walk or roll to school with students and see firsthand what needs to be done.

The first National Walk & Roll to School Day—called Walk Our Children to School Day—was held in 1997. Since then, it’s come a long way. In May 2012, the first-ever National Bike & Roll to School Day—called Bike to School Day—was celebrated across the U.S. Join families, schools and communities as they walk and bicycle to school for these events each year.


What began as an idea has evolved into a movement. Learn more about the beginnings of Walk & Roll to School Day and Bike & Roll to School Day.

Future Dates

Learn more about Bike & Roll to School Day, held in May, and Walk & Roll to School Day, held in October, including future dates for each event.

Annual Reports 

Annual Walk & Roll to School Day and Bike & Roll to School Day reports describe the progress of the events, with highlights from the year’s event.