October is Walk and Bike to School Month. Students, parents, school staff, and community partners across the country will celebrate and promote the benefits of walking to school. How will your school participate? The beginning of the school year is a perfect time to start planning and gathering support.

Walk to School Month is an opportunity for communities to learn about the benefits that walking and biking to school yields for everyone. Walk and bike to school events not only emphasize the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity and encouraging healthy lifestyles among children, but also address bicycle and pedestrian safety, traffic congestion, and concern for the environment. In addition, students who are physically active on the way to school arrive ready to learn and perform better in class. Walk and bike to school efforts also build connections between families, schools and the community, and encourage independence in children. The benefits of walking and bicycling to school are abundantly clear!

If this is your school’s first time planning a walk or bike event, a Safe Routes to School Regional Coordinator can help you get started. Our website also provides resources on how to plan walk and bike events. Check out walkbiketoschool.org for even more resources and to see how over 2,000 other schools are participating.

So how will your school join in? Walking school bus, bike train, walk to school parade?  Contact your local Safe Routes to School Coordinator to get started today!  And if you already have a bunch of activities planned during walk and bike to school month, be sure to register your events at http://www.walkbiketoschool.org/registration/ and show that New Jersey is a leader in walk to school day events!

Here are some examples of how your school can participate

Walking school bus

Groups of children walk a designated route to school and pick up kids along the way, supervised by crossing guards, police officers, parents, and teachers.

Bike rodeo

An event that teaches children bicycling safety as they visit different stations about biking rules, safety, and skills.