Programs

Walk and Bike to School Colorado!

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) encourages schools across Colorado to participate in Walk to School Day (October) and Bike to School Day (May) each year. Walk and Bike to School Days are great opportunities to galvanize visibility for walking and bicycling to and from school. They are wonderful times to get kids out practicing their skills and safety rules and for parents and caregivers to experience how safe and fun it is for their child(ren) to walk and bike to and from school.

October is Colorado Pedestrian Month, making any day in 'Walktober' a great choice for promoting walking and walkability. Since 1997, communities have been gathering to celebrate the many benefits of walking safely to and from school. There is always an internationally promoted date, typically the first Wednesday in October. 

May is National Bike Month (although Colorado celebrates it in June) and a great way for kids to end the year and head off to a summer of bicycling fun. Since Colorado began promoting the then newly created Bike to School Day in 2013, participation has steadily grown. 

The first National Bike to School Day took place on May 9, 2012, in coordination with the League of American Bicyclists' National Bike Month. Due to the global health pandemic, a wide range of evolving approaches to school for the spring of 2020 and throughout the 2020-21 academic year meant Walk and Bike to School Days were marked differently throughout the state and nation.
This year, marking the annual event again posed a creative challenge, but the evolving situation concerning Covid didn’t deter safe, festive participation! Throughout the state, there were 53 registered events, with 49 full school registrations and four family registrations. 

All across Colorado and the nation, schools, neighborhoods, and families are stepping up to support safe, active transportation. Check out this blog post from Bicycle Colorado for more inspiration on ways communities celebrated and promoted bicycling Bike to School Day and beyond. Want to implement a community bike to school program? Get started with step-by-step instructions from our Safe Routes to School Bike Train resource from the Safe Routes Partnership. Ride on, Colorado!

Always, please visit walkbiketoschool.org to register any events you do plan, and for a wide range of fun downloadable activities! Also check out these excellent resources shared by other communities:

  • These sample activities from Culver City, CA, at ccwalkandroll.com/rides-and-walks offer creative ideas all students can participate in regardless of their learning mode. Crosswords, word searches, activity calendars, and scavenger-hunt style games are among the fun sure to inspire. With Bike to School Day coming up in May, it's never too early to get the wheels spinning!
  • The Virtual Bike Education Resource Hub from Bike New York offers an excellent list of books, videos, movies, documentaries, activities, and curricula designed to keep students from pre-K through high school engaged with the history, community, fitness, and fun of cycling.

Downloadable materials

Walk to School Day 2021 was WONDERFUL! By the day itself, 100 events were registered throughout Colorado, including 95 full school and 5 family registrations. We received super photos from various celebrations, and positive responses such as "I think the adults had as much fun as the children", "We're looking forward to doing it again in the spring", "We're already planning for next year", and more. Thank you all so much for sharing!

Always register for Walk to School Day and Bike to School Day celebrations at WalkBiketoSchool.org. There you will find many ideas and tips for promoting healthy activity and safe routes to school. Know, there is no one-size-fits-all way to celebrate. Events come in all sizes; the important thing is that they resonate with what families, schools, and communities care about, from encouraging physical activity and building community to highlighting the need for improved infrastructure. Walking school buses are a great opportunity for students to travel as a group, with pickup points that welcome those who live too far from home to get to school purely on foot. Always, keep safety at the core, and have fun!

 This year, based on feedback we received concerning desirable incentives, we prepared a batch of Walk to School Day stickers to distribute for free on a first-come, first-serve basis while supplies last. We'd love to know how these worked out for you! We hope to continue providing materials to help you promote future events and programs. Please watch this page, and email [email protected] to be added to our e-distribution list for timely updates.

Downloadable materials
Walk to School Day Poster (Eng)
Walk to School Day Poster (Span)
Futures in Motion Banner (36 X 12)
Walk to School Day Bookmarks (small quantity/computer printers)
Walk to School Day Bookmarks (large quantity/professional printers)