Walk To School Day

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Walk to School Day brings together students, school administration and staff, parents, and valued community members to celebrate the value of walking to school. The event provides a fun way to increase physical activity, improve health, and highlight the need for improvements to create safer spaces for students that walk and bike.


Registration for Walk to School Day 2016 is now closed. Many thanks to all our participating schools. We anticipate that nearly 65,000 students will be celebrating the fun walking and messaging the importance of safety for students walking to school


Check out the Walk to School Day video to capture the excitement of the event.

If your school was unable to participate this year, we hope to see you next year. Don’t forget our organizer resources are available year-round for your school to organize a walking event when possible. Remember, every day can be Walk to School Day!


For assistance, please contact us at info@walktoschoolday-la.org or 323-942-9873.


“Walk to School Day is a phenomenal first step for the City to make students visible and promote Safe Routes to School everywhere!”

— Ivanhoe Walk to School Day Volunteer Organizer


Walk to School Day Overview


What is Walk to School Day?

Walk to School Day is an annual national event that happens at thousands of schools. Students, parents, school personnel and other community members walk to school in community on the day of the event.

How will Safe Routes to School help?

SRTS-LA is a program administered by LADOT in partnership with LAUSD. SRTS-LA provides planning and logistical support, promotional materials, and banners. LADOT staff also notifies School and City Police and the Crossing Guards about your event.



How far can students be expected to walk?

As a rule of thumb, walking routes should be no longer than one mile. Walking School Bus meeting spots should be between 1/4 – 1/2 mile from the school.

What if it is not safe to walk in my neighborhood?

You could organize an on-campus Walk at School event, or work with trusted neighborhood partners.

Why should I volunteer?

This is a great opportunity to help encourage children to walk to school leading to healthy habits and improved safety around school campuses. Volunteers are needed to ensure that the event is safe and successful.




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Organizer Resources


School-based organizers are the main contact for the event and arrange for 5–10 volunteers to help plan and host Walk to School Day activities. SRTS-LA provides a banner for each school, planning and logistical support, promotional materials, and special guest, crossing guard, and enforcement coordination.



Get Started Today!

The Organizer Manual is a step-by-step guide with a full set of materials including activity sheets, customizable handouts, and email and phone scripts (materials are available in English and Espanol). See below for downloadable materials for each step.


If you only need a short list of activities to organize your event, download the Walk to School Day Tip Sheet.


The Organizer Event Checklist  is your constant companion for the weeks leading up to Walk to School Day: check off each step leading up to the event.

Educate yourself and others on this exciting event and use the Organizer Event Checklist to organize each step leading up to the event:

Walk to School Day comes in many shapes and sizes.  The Sample Activities Worksheet can be used to envision your school’s Walk to School Day.

Schedule a brief meeting with the principal to get approval to host Walk to School Day in October.   The following materials will support a succinct and productive discussion to secure permission for the event, confirm the day/time of event, review possible event activities and sample content to publicize the event and/or support a brief motivational speech by the principle, if interested, on the day of the event:

Register Now to make your school eligible for Walk to School Day. LADOT will provide access essential organizer materials, free posters and banners, outreach materials, incentives, safety tips and support as you need it.  Upon registering, LADOT will reach out to you with information about organizer training and additional resources.

Once the event has been approved, begin outreach to parents and program providers (also potential recruits) using flyers and e-blasts to raise awareness about Walk to School Day.  Copy and paste sample text below into emails or newsletters. Contact LADOT, if you need printed copies.

Use the  Sample Activities Worksheet to determine how many volunteers you need and what their roles will be.  Possible roles include being greeters, photo takers, chaperones from Walking School Bus meeting spots, and participant counters. Use the Volunteer Contact Form to collect names, contact information and desired roles so we can help you qualify them to participate.

Using your Sample Activities Worksheet  to guide and confirm activities supported by your planning team.  Email the Volunteer Contact Information Form to LADOT at  saferoutes@lacity.org.

Use the Event Walking School Bus Guide to select suitable Walking School Bus meeting spots. LADOT will help you! On the day of your event, your qualified volunteers will meet guests and families at the selected meeting spots and guide the walk into school. Safety information for volunteers will be provided

Use the following materials to energize school and community participation – hang posters, send emails and make phone calls.  Send out the same reminders each week and two days and one day before the event.


It’s the big day! Reference your Volunteer Contact Form to review volunteers’ planned roles.  Ask your volunteers to come an hour before the school day starts to assist.


  • Set up the greeting table with materials you plan to give away that day, and any other information you plan to share.
  • Organizer, chaperones, and volunteers sign the LAUSD Liability waiver form as they check in before the event.
  • Provide volunteers the identifying apparel (LADOT will provide)
  • Assign volunteers to their posts
  • Assign volunteers to take photos, counts students as they walk through school entrances, collect quotes from kids and parents about their experience.
  • Send Walking School Bus leaders to meeting locations 30 minutes before the event with Walking Safety Tips and Walking School Bus Routes to greet families and walk together in time to get back to school.

Great job! Take a bit of time to express your appreciation and provide LADOT valuable input for future Walk to School events.

  • Write thank you notes to volunteers
  • Upload your event photos to Instagram using #WalkToSchoolDayLA.
  • Complete the post-event survey (LADOT will email you)

* Portions of this content were provided by the California Safe Routes to School Technical Assistance Resource Center, California Active Communities and the National Center for Safe Routes to School.



Optional Materials

Use this condensed Organizer Event Checklist if you still want to participate, but there is only a week until Walk to School Day! Check off each step as you complete it leading up to the event.

Download this informational guide for ideas: Making Banners, Posters, and Signs with Students.

Download these logos and insert in any original materials or flyers that you create, so everyone knows that your event is part of the citywide Walk to School Day.


Distribute this Kids Activity Sheet so kids can describe how the walk to school was for them.


Middle Schoolers, High Schoolers and parents can use the Walkability Checklist to describe their walk to school.  

Hand out stickers to record how students commute to school on a Tally Poster. Click here for tips on creating a fun Tally Poster. Cut out these Tally Poster Graphics to represent the various travel modes, or use your own.

Use this Walking School Bus First Steps Guide to talk about ongoing walking school buses at your school.

Safe Routes to School

to make everyday Walk to School Day


For more information on the City of Los Angeles Safe Routes to School Strategic Plan

Please visit the website for more information.




Contact Us

For more information on Walk to School Day, please send us your contact info through the form below, and we will be in touch.

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We hope you will join us for next year’s festivities!