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.
Bike to School Week will run May 30 - June 3, 2022. Sign your school up now:
In 2021, 126 schools took part with 13,700 students tracking 40,500 bike trips! 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.
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!
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 2022.
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 is now open for Bike to School Week 2022.
To register complete this 5 minute registration form in a new window. Register before May 3 to guarantee your tracking poster and trip stickers arrive in time!
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 2022 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!
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!
Thank you for helping us spread the word about Bike to School Week!
Our Bike to School Week 2022 Media Kit is available here and contains 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 also 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.
Cycling Safety Sheets
- Parts of the Bicycle (PDF)
- Wearing a Helmet (PDF)
- Cycling Safety Gear (PDF)
- Locking a Bicycle (PDF)
Example Social Graphics:
Event Reporting Form
After the event, School Champions are required to submit their participation numbers for Bike to School Week. The event reporting form will be sent to you during Bike to School Week and is due on Friday, June 10th. By filling out the reporting form, you help us ensure that we get funding to run this program in future years! Those that complete the survey will receive a $5 coffee voucher and are entered to win one of several other larger prizes.
All school champions that report their results will be eligible to win exciting prizes! Prizes will be awarded by draw, keep checking back regularly for updates.
- Early Bird Registration Prizes: Congratulations to Laura for winning the $250 Park Royal Gift Card, Janet for winning tickets to Science World and Toshi for winning the $50 Sport Chek Gift Card!
- Bike Safety Prize Pack: All participating schools will be entered into a prize draw to win a bike safety pack from Translink for their school. Packs include bike lights, bells and reflective straps.
- Post Event Survey Prize: Report your school's total rides by June 10 and our post-event survey to win Scandinave Spa bath passes for you and a friend.
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!