Elementary, middle, and high schools across California will be hosting walks, rallies, and other events to celebrate International Walk to School Day (IWSD) on Wednesday, October 2. 

IWSD is a global event that invites children, parents/guardians, school staff, and community members from more than 40 countries to walk and bike to school on the same day. It began in 1997 as a way to share the health benefits of walking, highlight the need for safe places for students to travel to school, and raise awareness about traffic safety around schools.

This year, 3,906 schools are celebrating IWSD across the country, 48 of which are in San Mateo County. Learn about this year’s local events on the Walk and Bike to School website

Please remind children of these safety tips before they walk to or from school:

  • Always use a crosswalk. Look both ways (left-right-left) and ensure drivers can see you before you enter the crosswalk. Continue scanning for cars when you enter the crosswalk.
  • Do not wear earbuds and/or listen to music when you are walking.
  • Walk with a group of friends when possible.
  • Do not use your phone while walking.