International Walk to School Day is a global event where communities from over 40 countries walk and bike to school on a single day. Join families, schools and communities around the globe as they walk and bicycle to school in celebration of Walk to School Day every October. Learn more about the day, who is participating in your area, and register for this year's event at www.walkbiketoschool.org.
The annual Walk to School report evaluates the progress of the Walk to School program in the U.S. and across the globe, with highlights from the year's events.
In addition to serving as the information clearinghouse for the federal Safe Routes to School program, the National Center for Safe Routes to School also provides technical support and resources and coordinates online registration efforts for U.S. Walk to School Day and facilitates worldwide promotion and participation.
In 1997, the Partnership for a Walkable America sponsored the first National Walk Our Children to School Day in Chicago, modeled after the United Kingdom’s lead. Back then, it was simply a day to bring community leaders and children together to create awareness of the need for communities to be walkable. By 2000, children, parents, teachers and community leaders in the U.S. joined millions of walkers around the world in the first international celebration of Walk to School Day. The reasons for walking have grown just as quickly as the event itself with more than 4,000 U.S. events registered in 2011. For more information, go to www.walkbiketoschool.org.