Safe Routes to School


Walk to School Day

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What is Walk to School Day?
Walk to School Day is a global event that involves communities from more than 40 countries walking and biking to school on the same day to raise awareness of the benefits of walking and biking and need for Safe Routes to School. It began in 1997 as a one-day event, and has become the signature fall event for the year-round Safe Routes to School movement. Today, thousands of schools across America – from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam – participate in a variety of ways every October.

When is Walk to School Day? Walk to School Day is held annually on the Wednesday of the first full week in October. The dates for the coming years are:

  • Walk to School Day 2021  October 6
  • Walk to School Day 2022  October 5

Remember that all of October is Walk to School Month, and schools are encouraged to host events whenever is most convenient for them.

Register your Walk to School Day event now! Schools, neighborhoods, and families can now register at

Why should my school participate in Walk to School Day? Participating in Walk to School Day and hosting an event is the perfect way to encourage walking to school, teach safe pedestrian skills, reduce congestion during arrival and dismissal, and kick off a Safe Routes to School program for the school year. Most importantly, it’s fun for everyone! Be sure to check out the resources below to help plan your school’s Walk to School Day event.

What if students can’t walk to school? Even if students live too far or are unable to walk all the way to school, they can meet up with their classmates at a designated spot nearby and walk from there. Or the school can host a Walk at School event, where all students are invited to walk around the school grounds before class begins, during recess or enrichment classes.

Walk to School Day in Virginia

The popularity of Walk to School Day continues to increase each year thanks to dedicated school staff, community partners, parents and volunteers who help plan and host events at their schools.

In 2019, Virginia schools hosted a total of 386 events, breaking the previous record for the 10th year in a row! In 2020, Virginia celebrated Walk to School Day, Any Way You Can! Given the pandemic, students were unable to celebrate in large groups like previous years, but families, communities, and schools were able to participate in ways that encouraged physical activity, safely. Despite a 75% reduction of registered events in 2020, Virginia led the country with registered 214 events statewide.



VDOT Walk to School Day Resources

Student Activity Sheets 

Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt

English (PDF)

Spanish (PDF)

Picture Journal

English (PDF)

Spanish (PDF)

2021 Social Media Graphics

Are you ready for Walk to School Day?

English (PNG)

Spanish (PNG)

Let's go for a walk!

English (PNG)

Spanish (PNG)


  Stickers Punch cards You Did It! Certificates
Walk with me to school tomorrow! I walked to school today!






Black & White




Coloring Book






Learn it. Do it. Live it!

Event Flyers

Communication Tools

For Students and Parents

For the Press

National Center for SRTS Resources                 

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Page last modified: Sept. 16, 2021