May 5th, 2021
Thanks to all who joined us in celebrating the ninth annual Bike to School Day – and the first one we celebrated from a distance – last week. Families, community groups, agencies and organizations across the country came together in spirit, while physically apart, to take a bike ride or walk, celebrate the benefits of active mobility and remind transportation professionals and community leaders about the need for places to safely bike and walk.
The first-ever National Bike to School Day took place on May 9, 2012, in coordination with the League of American Bicyclists’ National Bike Month. Almost 1,000 local events in 49 states and the District of Columbia joined together to encourage children to safely bicycle or walk to school.
The event builds on the popularity of Walk to School Day, which is celebrated across the country – and the world – each October. Many communities and schools have been holding spring walk and bicycle to school events for years. National Bike to School Day provides an opportunity for schools across the country to join together to celebrate and to build off of the energy of National Bike Month.
Teaching students safe biking skills is a key part of starting a bicycling program. The information found under the Education links in the menu above or in the resources below can be taught at school, or sent home with students to practice skills with their families. Ideally students get chances to hear and practice the information several times with adults who can provide feedback and supervision.
Vision Zero and Safe Routes to School: Partners in Safety
Around the world, communities are committing to eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries, with an approach called Vision Zero. A growing group of these cities is focused on improving safety in school zones and other places where children and youth walk and bicycle.
Vision Zero for Youth recognizes that starting with youth can be the catalyst to build community support for Vision Zero, and that Vision Zero should include a focus on youth.