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Bike to School

1. Register Your School

The first step to participating in Bike to School Week (BTSW) is registering your school. Click here, or on the grey button in the top-right hand corner of this page, to get signed up. Schools that register will receive a BTSW Package with promotional materials to support their event.

2. Gather Support and Promote

It’s never too early to get planning. Find out who your supporters are: talk to students, parents, PAC members and school staff. If your school has a green team, bike club, leadership group, sustainability or health and wellness committee, get them involved too.

Add BTSW to your school calendar, and include information in school newsletters, facebook pages, and morning announcements to create a buzz. Use the tracking and promotion poster from your BTSW Package to spread the word!

3. Plan Your Event

Every school community is different and celebrates BTSW in its own way. You can make the event as small or big as you like -- the important thing is to encourage and celebrate cycling! Some schools also choose to track other forms of active transportation like walking, scootering, or skateboarding to make sure everyone has a chance to participate.

Here are some event ideas to get you started are:

  • Host a bikers’ breakfast
  • Organize a bike decoration station and/or parade
  • Invite local experts to provide bike safety talks or lessons in the classroom
  • Hold a bike rodeo, or other cycling skills or safety activity, at your school
  • Organize a group ride
  • Reach out to local volunteers or a bike shop to provide bike checks or tune-ups at your school
  • Get parents together to organize a bike-pool or bicycle train

4. Track Your Trips

Once BTSW rolls around, set up your tracking poster with an eye-catching display at the front entrance of the school. Decide how you will hand out stickers. Many schools assign volunteers to hand out stickers to students as they arrive at school.

Track cycling trips using our ‘First Trip’ and ‘Wheel’ stickers. Each student’s first cycling trip of the week is tracked using the ‘First Trip’ sticker. Subsequent cycling trips to and from school are tracked using the ‘Wheel’ sticker. If you choose to track active transportation trips too, please use a third sticker of your choosing.

5. Report Back

We want to hear about your week! Reporting helps us demonstrate the impact of BTSW to funders to receive continued support for future events. Please send your BTSW story and either a sticker count OR a picture of your tracking poster to gaby@hastebc.org by June 8th.

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