Promoting specific days for families to walk and bike to school is a great way to celebrate the many benefits of active transportation as part of a school-sponsored event. It may encourage participation from families who cannot walk and roll daily, but may be able to do so once a week or once a month. Event days, especially those with themes, build excitement among students, parents and teachers. Events like International Walk to School Day and Bike to School Day are celebrated all over the country and beyond, which can help the school community feel like they are part of a bigger movement.
The Walk & Roll to School Days Guidebook breaks down planning an event into eight simple steps.
The success of an event or program may depend on volunteers’ commitment to Safe Routes to School. Use the Parent Champion Volunteer Programs Guidebook and the San Mateo County Office of Education's Parent and Community Empowerment Toolkit to learn about how a volunteer’s commitment can help programs thrive.