SEE who’s signed up
Record Breaking Walk to School Day!
Congratulations to the thousands of communities who made this year’s Walk to School Day a success. Nearly 5,600 schools in all 50 states and D.C. celebrated the joy of walking to school.
We can’t wait to get things rolling for Bike to School Day on May 9, 2018. Stay tuned for registration opening this spring.
Vision Zero for Youth
Your Community is Invited to Join
Brought to you by the national coordinators of Walk and Bike to School Day, Vision Zero for Youth encourages communities to focus safety improvements and slow traffic speeds where children and youth walk and bike, with the ultimate goal of benefiting all community members.
See Who Walked and Biked
Record numbers strolled and pedaled their way to school during the 2017 Walk to School Day and Bike to School Day celebrations. Check out Who Walked and Biked to see the schools that participated near you.
PLAN an event
How to Plan
Walk and Bike to School Day events can be simple or elaborate. A school might start by hosting a big event, and then hold low key events over time. Another place might start simple and then build efforts in subsequent years. Read on to learn more about planning the event.
Walk and bike events come in all sizes. Make the event something that will resonate with what families, the school and broader community care about. Browse these ideas to help you plan your event.
Get Media Attention
Promoting your event in the community can help build awareness of your event theme or cause, such as healthy habits, neighborhood safety or a sense of community. We’ve provided some tools to help you get started.
Use these downloadable materials to help with promoting your event, decorating the school, or getting the students involved in and excited about the celebration.
SEE who’s signed up
May 10, 2017, was the sixth annual National Bike to School Day, and participation passed 3000 for the first time. Find out who participated this year and in previous years.
Walk to School Day 2017 set a new participation record with nearly 5,600 registered events. See who stepped up, and find out who walked in previous years.
BEYOND the day
Year-Round Biking and Walking
For most schools, a one-day event is not enough. Communities see the promise of healthier students and safer streets. Learn more about transitioning your event into ongoing activities.
Programs that encourage walking and bicycling should also incorporate safety education. In order for children to adopt new skills, they need practice time and repeated reinforcement of the key messages. The following walking and biking resources can help.
Safe Routes to School
Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs are sustained efforts by parents, schools, law enforcement, advocacy groups, community leaders and government to improve the well-being of children by walking and biking to school.
Why Walk or Bike
Events are a wonderful way to celebrate the joy and independence of walking and biking to school and they bring schools and communities together for a common purpose. Most of all, they are fun!
About the Events
The first National Walk to School Day was held in 1997 and the first-ever National Bike to School Day was celebrated in 2012 across the USA. Join communities as they walk and bicycle to school for these events each year.
The National Center for Safe Routes to School, the coordinating agency for Walk and Bike to School Day, is committed to empowering communities to make walking and bicycling to school a safe, appealing, preferred choice for families.
Do you have a question or comment about Walk to School Day or Bike to School Day? Want to share your event stories and photos? We’d love to hear from you!