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Walk and Roll to School Day

Walk and Roll to School Day Events

Walk&RollOctober and May are recognized as National Walk and Roll to School months. Events are held during these months to celebrate students who already walk and roll to school and encourage others to try it out. 


If you are interested in planning a walk to school event, the following documents are available to help you:

For additional resources for hosting a Walk and Roll to School event, we recommend the 'Walk and Bike to School' website. You can also contact Carrie Wilhelme, Safe Routes to School Coordinator, at saferoutestoschool@cityoftacoma.org if you have any questions or would like ideas. 


October 2018 Walk and Roll to School Events

Thank you to all the schools that participated in October's Walk and Roll to School Month. It was great success with thirteen schools participating and hundreds of children walk and rolling to school. 

Walk Event 2018

Tacoma City Council Proclaim October as Walk and Roll to School Month

To demonstrate their support of students walking and rolling to school, the Tacoma City Council proclaimed October 2018 as National Walk and Roll to School Month. The proclamation occurred during the Tuesday, September 25, 2018 City Council meeting. 


Why Walk and Roll to School?

The benefits include:

  • Promoting physical activity and improving the health of students
  • Improving air quality by reducing traffic congestion around schools
  • Raising awareness and improving the safety of students as they travel to school
  • Meeting new people and building a stronger community around our schools

Visit our Safe Routes to School Program web page for additional information.

Bryant Walk Event


History and Background

Walk to School Day in the USA began in 1997 as a one-day event aimed at building awareness for the need for walkable communities.  The event encourages students and families to try walking, bicycling or skateboarding to school. Join the thousands of communities who participate in Walk or Bike to School events every year. Noted below are nationally recognized days which encourage children, parents, schools and communities to walk, bike or skateboard to school.

  • Walk to School Day - October 10, 2018
  • Bike to School Day - May 8, 2019

The individual events are combined into what is called the Walk and Roll to School Day as both of these encourage walking as well as bicycling to school.