Students from local districts participating in the San Mateo County Office of Education's Safe Routes to School Grant Program will join students from around the world to celebrate International Walk to School Day on October 4, 2017.
In the USA and Canada, International Walk to School Day galvanizes visibility for walking and bicycling to school. Over time, this event has been part of a movement for year-round safe routes to school and a celebration – with record breaking participation - each October. Today, thousands of schools across America and in more than 40 countries worldwide celebrate walking to school every October. The success of Walk to School Day, as well as continued interest in bicycling to school, created a desire for a national event focused on bicycling to school. This goal became reality in 2012, when the first National Bike to School Day took place on May 9, in coordination with the League of American Bicyclists’ National Bike Month. Although Walk to School Day is focused more on walking and Bike to School Day is focused more on bicycling, both days welcome and encourage all forms of active transportation to school. There are many reasons to celebrate--safer and more accessible streets, healthier habits, and cleaner air--to name just a few. Join in on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 for this special day!