Start a Walk to School Day


Walk to School Day originated in Chicago in 1997. By 2006, schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia held Walk to School events to promote physical activity, safety and concern for the environment. It's one way for communities to increase opportunities for students to walk to school — and for both students and adults to begin identifying the barriers that can make walking to school unsafe.

Many communities and states use Walk to School events as a first step toward developing Safe Routes to School programs or to build more interest and support for walking and bicycling (See Policy #5, Establish a "Safe Routes to School" Program, in this section.)


The State can encourage local governments and school boards to designate a "Walk to School Day" by funding or otherwise supporting local efforts through the departments of education, transportation, and health. Starting a "Walk to School Day" involves gathering interested parties at schools and throughout communities to promote the idea that students should walk in supervised groups along safe routes.

Interested schools are encouraged to register their intentions at Doing so will increase awareness of local and statewide support for the event. Also, community leaders will be able to learn about practices in other communities.


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