Walk/bike-to-school programs make it possible for students to walk or bike to school accompanied by an adult chaperone. By giving students active and safe routes to school, walk/bike programs create a fun physical activity, promoting part of everyone’s daily school routine.
How Does It Work?
Walking and biking are great forms of exercise, and they’re easy. By using the resources in this Play, you can help create a safe, active program for students and families to participate in.
Huddle up with your principal, P.E./health teachers, and representatives from your parent organization to talk about how to set up safe routes students can use to walk or bike to and from school.
Before starting the program, ask teachers to discuss with students the importance of being physically active, and to encourage student participation.
Use the Resources below to find tips for creating a program for students of all ages, advice on how to get parents and community groups involved, a presentation for introducing the program to adults who can help with and support the program, and more.
Approach local businesses or community organizations for resources you might need for the walks. Donors could provide water bottles for walkers, balloons to mark the path and small rewards for students who walk/bike to school regularly.
National Walk to School Day is in October, and National Bike to School Day is in May. Learn more at www.walkbiketoschool.org.
Safety first: Create a flyer to help walkers and bikers know how to stretch and warm up. Be sure to pay attention to healthy practices and stay hydrated during walking club activities.
Keep It Going
Start a rewards or recognition program to recognize students who walk/bike to school regularly. Try to increase participation over time.
Spread the Word
Make posters or flyers telling people about the program. Get the word out on your school's website, blog or in your school's eNewsletter or during morning announcements. Invite local celebrities to come and bike with you.
Get Others Involved
Everyone can help:
- Be part of a planning team for a walk/bike-to-school program
- Inform key adults (principal, teachers, parents, community leaders) about it
- Solicit community donations
- Prepare and distribute handouts
- Plan the routes
- Encourage their friends and classmates to participate
Involve the community. Schedule a meeting with your school's parent organization and let them know what they can do to help.