National Bike to School Day is May 7!

National Bike to School Day

May is National Bike Month AND National Physical Fitness Month, which means there are lots of reasons for kids and adults to get motivated to add physical activity into their daily lives through bicycling and walking to school and around the community. Here are three ideas for harnessing the momentum around physical activity to get your school moving this month:

  • Fire up your active school: It’s not too late to register and start tracking your physical activity as part of the May Fire Up Your Feet Activity Challenge. Schools in Oregon, SW Washington, Virginia, Baltimore, DC, Wisconsin, and New Hampshire could win awards of up to $2,000 for health and wellness initiatives!
  • Start a walking school bus or bike train: Walking school buses and bike trains are fun ways to interact with other families and strengthen community connections. Organize or join a bike train for kids and families at your school.
  • Strengthen your school’s wellness policy: School policies can impact the amount of physical activity that children receive on a regular basis. Because of this, it’s important to be able to identify both barrier policies, which discourage, prohibit, or otherwise present barriers to physical activity, and supportive policies, which encourage, support, or enable physical activity opportunities. Find resources to help you develop and improve your school’s wellness policy.

You can link to the National Bike Month site for more resources and information about hundreds of events nationwide and register your bike to school day event and download free planning resources by visiting

Then share your success stories by posting comments and photos on our Facebook page, we love seeing what is happening in communities around the country.

And don’t forget, Walk to School Day will be celebrated this fall on October 8, 2014 – check out Fire Up Your Feet resources to really ignite your plans this year and celebrate the entire month of October!

Walk. Bike. Do Better.

 Walk. Bike. Do Better.

walk to school

As we all head back to school, it is exciting to see more and more children and their families walking and bicycling to school each morning.

Now it is time to celebrate during International Walk to School Month and on Walk and Bike to School Day, October 9! Integrating exercise into everyday life creates a lifelong commitment to physical activity, plus active kids are healthier and do better in school. October is a great month to join one of the thousands of walking school buses or bike trains. You can take your first steps by becoming a champion for active schools and Safe Routes to School programs in your community.

Here are a few great ideas:

  • Create or join a walking school bus or bike train. Before you know it your walk or ride will become your favorite morning meeting and these few moments will bring a new joy to your day.
  • Get really fired up by adding a healthy fundraiser that is centered around physical activity - a walk-a-thon, a fun run or month-long physical activity challenge can really get hearts pumping to raise funds to improve your school's wellness efforts and help us have another record-breaking year.
  • Share this  Active Kids Do Better infographic with your principal or school board as you help this generation get moving so they can reach their greatest potential. 

  • Get inspired by watching the new Walk. Bike. Do Better PSA for healthy, active kids! 

Our thanks:

  • In addition, this fall we helped to make your Walk to School Day efforts healthy, fun and nutritious, in partnership with Clif Kid, with more than 1,000 schools around the country enjoying special Walk and Bike School Day kits. Thank you Clif Kid and special thanks to our supporting organizations: President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, Let's Move Active Schools, National PTA and Kaiser Permanente.
  • You can learn more about the Safe Routes to School National Partnership and our work to advance policy changes that help increase access to parks, playgrounds, walking paths, bike lanes and other opportunities to be physically active here.

Please direct any media inquiries to Margaux Mennesson, Communication Manager at  

Walk. Bike. Do Better.

Walk. Bike. Do Better.

 walk to school

As we all head back to school, it is exciting to see more and more children and their families walking and bicycling to school each morning.

Attend the National Partnership's Free Annual Meeting in Sacramento on August 12

Attend the National Partnership’s Free 2013 Annual Meeting in Sacramento, CA

Come to Sacramento one day early this summer to attend Safe Routes to School National Partnership’s Annual Meeting on Monday, August 12th 1pm-6pm, held in conjunction with the Safe Routes to School National Conference, August 13-15 in Sacramento, CA.

Enhance your conference experience by attending our free Annual Meeting, which will feature:

  • Roundtable discussions with colleagues surrounding Safe Routes to School issues.
  • Federal update with the latest on MAP-21 implementation.
  • Town hall discussion on funding and policy.
  • This year we’re also including geographic area breakout groups, which will give you the opportunity to strategize and find solutions for Safe Routes to School funding and implementation specific to your area.
  • Finally, there will be ample time to network with fellow Safe Routes to School practitioners and supporters at our Safe Routes Social from 5pm-6pm.

Plus, you’ll have more time to explore the capital of California. Getting to Sacramento early will allow you to take advantage of walking and bicycling tours of the city that will be offered the morning of August 13th before the conference officially begins at 10:30 am.

Register for the Annual Meeting at the same time you register for
the Safe Routes to School National conference

We hope to see you at these excellent free events, and at the conference! If you are interested in attending only the National Partnership’s Annual meeting and cannot make the conference, email Molly Simon to be added to the list.