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. 

  • You walked, you wheeled, and you rolled on Walk and Roll Day and throughout Walktober in 2022, Colorado! We had a total of 109 registered events. Several of you shared that you planned celebrations on various days aside from the official date, and we love your initiative! No matter when, no matter how, this national event is meant to be FUN for EVERYONE, in the ways that work for you. 

    Always register for Walk to School Day and Bike to School Day celebrations at WalkBiketoSchool.org regardless of when you hold your festivities. 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!

    Free Materials
    Based on your requests and feedback, we were pleased to again be able to offer free Walk and Roll stickers, available in English and Spanish, on a first-come, first-serve basis for the October's event. Unfortunately, our order has been submitted and we are no longer to take requests. If you missed out, but would like to be informed the next time we offer materials for distribution, please email [email protected] to be added to our distribution list if you aren't already. 

    Thank you for your support for healthy kids and their safe routes to school. You are the future in motion!

    Downloadable Materials for 2023 will be made available early in the 2023-2024 school year; see below for examples of what we offered in 2022
    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)
    Walk and Roll Poster, English
    Walk and Roll Poster, Spanish

    Donation Request Guide
    Customizable Donation Committee Letter Template
    Donation Gift Certificate Template Suggestions
    Customizable Donor Thank you Template
    Customizable Tax Deductible Letter Template

The first National Bike to School Day took place on May 9, 2012, in coordination with the League of American Bicyclists' National Bike Month. This special day has steadily grown in popularity, and is a perfect opportunity to celebrate biking and rolling in advance of Colorado Bike Month in June. Last spring, there were 95 registered Colorado Bike to School Day events throughout the state.

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. Check back here for downloadable materials as they become available!