Registration is now open for the 17th Walk to School Day! This annual event in the United States is a part of an international effort to celebrate the many benefits of walking and bicycling to school. Walk to School Day 2013 will take place on Wednesday, October 9. Walk to School Day participation reached a record high in 2012 with more than 4,200 registered U.S. events, and that number is expected to be even higher in 2013.
Walk to School Day event registration is free and available to individuals and organizations holding an October event in the United States. Events that register on the Walk to School website, www.walkbiketoschool.org
, will be displayed on an interactive U.S. map on the website, where neighboring communities, media and other organizations can identify who is walking in their area.
Registering a Walk to School Day event provides organizers access to free, downloadable materials including stickers, certificates and customizable fliers. They can also easily create and share a walking or bicycling to school route via the new Map-a-Route tool. Registrants can also receive a weekly e-newsletter for four weeks in September and October with tips and resources for organizing a Walk to School Day event.
International Walk to School Day is a global event that involves communities from more than 40 countries walking and biking to school. It began in 1997 as a one-day event. Over time, it has become part of a movement for year-round safe routes to school. Today, thousands of schools across America – from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico – participate every October.