Bike to School Week

Bike to School Week is an annual celebration where we encourage students of all ages to bike, roll, or walk to school Students of all ages and abilities can take part. The event is a great way to enhance green initiatives already happening at your school, build community, and highlight the benefits of active transportation - like less congestion and healthy, energized students. 

 

In 2022, 137 schools took part with 9,104 students tracking 23,875 bike trips! More information on the 2023 event coming soon. 
For more information on the 2021 event highlights read the news article here!

Schools in communities outside of the Metro Vancouver area can visit Go By Bike BC's website to take part.


Bike to School Week Guide


First time organizing Bike to School Week at your school? Need additional inspiration? Check out our Bike to School Week Guide for curriculum links, activity ideas, strategies for inclusion, and suggestions for COVID-19 event adaptation. The guide also contains information on the positive physical and mental health benefits of cycling to school, which can be used to help gather support for the event. You can also find example newsletter content to help promote the event, and lesson plans to use during Bike to School Week!


Bike Reels Student Video Contest


Our 2021 Bike Reels Student Video Contest coincided with Bike to School Week. Students from all over Metro Vancouver were invited to submit a short (60 - 90 second) video about biking, walking, or rolling around their community.  To watch the winning films, click here! Note Bike Reels will not be running in 2023.

 

A group of 5 smiling students on bikes.


Bike to School Courses


Through our fully funded courses delivered in schools throughout Metro Vancouver, and our provincial-funded Everyone Rides Grade 4-5 programs, we're encouraging thousands of youth to get out and ride annually. Click here to learn more about bringing Bike to School courses to your school!  

 

 

Registration

Registration is now open for Bike to School Week 2023.

Bike to School Week will take place in Spring 2023, the date is currently TBC. To register, complete this 5-minute registration form in a new window.   

Secondary schools are encouraged to participate in the event by registering for Go by Bike Week. The Go by Bike Week tracking tool provides a digital, interactive tracking experience that is more suited to high school students rather than the tracking poster and stickers, which is more suited to elementary schools.

 

How it Works

 

1. Gather Support and Promote

It’s never too early to start 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. 

 

2. Plan Events

Every school community is different and celebrates BTSW in their own way. You can make the event as small or big as you like, the important thing is to encourage and celebrate cycling! Many schools also choose to encourage other forms of active travel during Bike to School Week like walking, scootering, skateboarding, or using a mobility aid. 

Some event ideas to get you started are:

  • Bikers’ breakfast
  • Bike decorating and/or parade
  • Safety talk or lessons in the classroom (i.e. Bike rodeo, or other cycling skills or safety activity on the school grounds)
  • Group ride
  • Bike tune-ups (with local volunteers or bike shop)
  • Biking or walking school bus

 

*Please note that some of these event ideas may need to be altered or may not be feasible in order to comply with physical distancing guidelines and other recommendations put forth by B.C.'s Provincial Health Officer. Please follow the latest advice from B.C.'s Provincial Health Officer when planning any Bike to School Week events.

 

3. Track Your Trips

Once BTSW rolls around, you will have received a tracking poster and stickers to help students log their trips. 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 trips using our ‘First Trip’ stickers and ‘Wheel’ stickers. Each student’s first trip of the week is tracked using the ‘First Trip’ sticker. Subsequent trips to and from school are tracked using the ‘Wheel’ sticker. If you choose to track other types of active transportation please use a third sticker of your choosing. High schools are encouraged to register with Bike to Work Week so they can use our interactive online tracking tool.

Some schools also choose to track other forms of active transportation like walking, scootering, or skateboarding - we think that’s awesome!

Share your celebrations on social media during the event using #BiketoSchool! Tag us in the fun and follow along - Facebook @WeAreHub, Twitter @WeAreHUB, Instagram @hubcycling

 

4. Report Back

We want to hear about your week! Reporting helps us demonstrate the impact of BTSW to sponsors to receive continued support for future events. Event reporting form will be available once the event is underway. Prizes are awarded to school champions who report back through random prize draws. 

 

What’s in my package?

  • One Large 35"x23" Tracking poster - see an example of a completed tracking poster here

  • Approximately 168 Wheel and 100 “First trip” stickers (Unless otherwise specified on the registration form)

  • Four 11"x17" Promotional posters to put up around your school

  • Additional incentives to give away to students - including temporary tattoos! 

Promotional Materials

Thank you for helping us spread the word about Bike to School Week! With your support, we hope to encourage over 10,000 students to take part in the event this year! Our Bike to School Week Guide, you will also find important information about the event and sample text for newsletter and social media promotions. 

Cycling Safety Sheets

 

2022 Bike to School Week Registered Schools

Put your school on the map! Check out all the Metro Vancouver that have already registered for Bike to School Week 2022 

 

Thank you to our generous sponsors!