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. The event includes the third annual Bike Reels Student Video contest, where students are encouraged to film a 60-90 second film. 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! This year, Bike to School Week will take place the week of May 31-June 4.

 

Registration is open now!

 

The deadline to receive your Bike to School Week package in the mail has now passed. Schools that register between now and May 31st can participate by downloading and printing their own Bike to School Week posters, linked below.

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

Want to receive event updates? Subscribe to our Cycling Education Newsletter here.

 


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 Bike Reels Student Video Contest will coincide with Bike to School Week. Students from all over Metro Vancouver are invited to submit a short (60 - 90 second) video about biking, walking, or rolling around their community. The contest deadline is June 6th, so students have all of Bike to School Week to make their videos. Start planning now so you have plenty of time to get creative with your submission! Visit this page for contest guidelines and submission instructions. To watch last year’s winning films, click here!

 


Go by Bike Week for High Schools


Secondary schools are encouraged to participate in the event by registering for Go by Bike Week. Students and staff can log their trips to school and work, track their results, and are eligible to win awards and prizes. 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 are more suited to elementary schools.  

 

 

Registration

Registration for Bike to School Week 2021 is still open! Although the deadline to receive an event package in the mail has passed, schools that register between now and May 31st can participate in the event by downloading and printing their own tracking posters (linked at the top of the page and under "Promotional Materials". Secondary schools are encouraged to participate in the event by registering for Bike to Work Week. The Bike to Work 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 2021 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. Please fill out our "Reporting Survey" after the event. Prizes are awarded to top-ranking schools as well as to schools reporting 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!

Please use our Bike to School Week 2021 Media Kit for sample social media copy, newsletter copy, and images to promote the event.

With your support, we hope to encourage over 10,000 students to take part in the event this year! In our Bike to School Week Guide, you will find important information about the event and sample text for newsletter and social media promotions. Please feel free to use any of the images in this folder for your promotions.

Click here for downloadable social media graphics

Cycling Safety Sheets

 

Posters:

Schools that register after May 2nd can still participate in the event by downloading and printing their own posters.

 

Example Social Graphics:

 

     

     

Reporting Survey - Post-Event

After Bike to School Week, check back here for our Post-Event Reporting Survey. School champions who complete the survey will be entered to win fun prizes! 

Prizes

All schools that report their results will be eligible to win exciting prizes! Prizes will be awarded by draw, and to top-ranking schools based on the number of participants and number of trips relative to their school population. Keep checking back regularly for updates.

Categories & Prizes

  • Grand Prize Winners: 2 hanger bike rack & installation from Urban Racks
    • Schools with Top Riders, Top Trips, and Best First Time School
  • Runner-up Prizes for Top Riders and Top Trips: Bikes from Strider, bike accessories from Canadian Tire and Sport Chek, and pencil cases from TransLink
  • Social Media Prize: Spread the word for a chance to win a $100 gift card to London Drugs (Winner: Juliana Galbiatti) or $50 gift card to Staples
  • Survey Prize: Respond to the post-event survey for a chance to win 1 of 5 $50 gift cards to Save on Foods or 1 of 3 prize packs from Ethical Bean and BCAA
  • Bike Reels: Win prizes including a Wacom tablet, gift cards to Park Royal, tickets to Science World, bike accessories from Canadian Tire, Sport Chek, and more. For a full list, click here.
  • Early Bird Registration Prizes: Register your school by April 1 for a chance to win 1 of 3 $50 gift cards to StaplesWinners: John van der Leek (Langley Christian School), Alexandra Audet (Florence Nightingale Elementary), Edna Aguinaga (John Norquay Elementary School)

 

2021 Bike to School Week Registered Schools

Put your school on the map! Check out all the Metro Vancouver schools who have already registered for Bike to School Week 2021:

 

Thank you to our generous sponsors!

 

 

 

Thank you to our generous supporters!