Walk + Bike to School Day

Look left and click to register your school for this event and to receive information and incentives on how to participate in this fun and visible event.

International Walk + Bike to School Day is held on the first Wednesday of October each year and is a day for your school community to celebrate the benefits of walking and biking!

Nationwide the rate of kids biking or walking to school has been on the decline since the 1970s while the risks to kids’ physical health and well-being associated with inactivity have risen. But in Portland, the percentage of kids biking or walking to school has risen from 28% in 2006 to 42% in 2012.

This remarkable trend is a reflection of the public’s commitment to investing in safe biking and walking routes, education, and encouragement programs like the Walk + Bike to School Day. The trend is also seen in communities around the state as Oregon is the national leader in overall participation in Walk + Bike events.

Many to all of the schools that register will receive free incentives that may include:

  • A helmet
  • shoelaces
  • great stickers
  • temporary tattoos (kids love ‘em!)
  • prize ribbons (like the ones you used to have on your peg board!)


All participating schools received a free coordinator packet that includes:

  • tips and resources for promoting the event
  • organizing parent volunteers
  • procuring local prizes


When you sign up for the Walk+Bike to School Day, you can also sign up for the Walk+Bike Challenge in May! It is another great event to get kids walking and biking for health and fun!