Questions and Answers Parents often have questions about the event. Below are some common questions and answers.
Who can participate?
Ideally, a Walk or Bike to School Day involves ALL students, including those with disabilities and those who live too far to walk or bicycle from home. Parents should be invited to join the walk or ride. Even bus students can walk too. Typically parents will drive their child, who normally take the bus, half way to school and let them walk the other half. Parents even walk with their children. It's fun for the entire family!
Do you really expect me to let my children walk or bike to school on their own?
Especially at the elementary school level, parents should be invited to walk to school with their children. At the middle school level, some students may be independent enough to walk or bike without parents, but that is the parent’s decision. Parents should assess the route and determine if their child has the skills to walk or bicycle on his or her own.
What’s the route?
How far is it?Each school needs to determine the safest and best ways for students to walk or bicycle to school. Event announcements should include information about planned routes, meet-up locations and parking availability. Some parents may want to check out or ride the route in advance with their children to gauge their readiness.
Do I need to sign-up in advance or just show up? Is there a permission form?
This will vary from school to school, however, requesting advance sign-up will help coordinators plan for the event and may make people more committed to showing up on the day of the event. On the other hand, a sign-up can be “one more thing” that becomes a barrier for busy families. The school administration should decide if a permission form is necessary based on school policies.
What happens if it rains?
Coordinators should state in event announcements ahead of time whether the event will be held “rain or shine,” or whether there will be an alternate rain date.
What should my child wear?
Encourage participants to wear brightly colored clothing and comfortable shoes for walking or biking. Many states require children to wear a bike helmet when riding a bicycle. Even if it is not required by law, your child should always wear a helmet to prevent a head injury in the event of a crash.
Information provided by www.walkbiketoschool.org