As the days grow warmer and the sun shines brighter, it’s the perfect time to embrace the spirit of active transportation with Walk, Bike, and Roll to School Day on May 8th. Across Iowa, 29 schools have already signed up to participate in this exciting event, demonstrating a shared commitment to healthier, more sustainable communities. But fear not if your school hasn’t yet joined the ranks – there’s still plenty of time to get registered and be part of the movement!

Walk, Bike, and Roll to School Day isn’t just about getting from point A to point B; it’s about fostering a sense of community, promoting physical activity, and reducing our carbon footprint. By encouraging students, parents, and teachers to walk, bike, or roll to school, we are nurturing a culture of wellness and connectivity. Anyone can sign up their school to participate at So, lace up those sneakers, pump up those bike tires, and join us on May 8th as we stride, pedal, and roll towards a healthier future together and change how we get to school in Iowa.

No event is too small. Walk, Bike, and Roll is celebrated across the state from whole school districts participating to just a few families deciding to avoid the dreaded car drop off line. Some schools are choosing to meet at a park or church parking lot and walk over together. Parents are encouraged to join the fun and walk with their students (you could use the steps). Longfellow Elementary in Iowa City got their PTA involved and will have greeters at every corner of the school. Other schools give away pins, stickers, and pencils to cheer on the students who decided to move naturally. There is no wrong way to participate in Walk, Bike, and Roll to School Day!

Questions or concerns about signing up and hosting an event at your school? Do not hesitate to reach out to Matt Burkey, our Safe Routes to School Coordinator. He can help you plan, communicate, and pull off your event.