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 took place the week of May 31-June 4. Check out our final report to read about the successes of Bike to School Week!
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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 Bike Reels Student Video Contest coincided 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 was June 6th. To watch the winning films, click here!
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 for Bike to School Week 2021 is now closed. If your school needs extra posters, you can download them from the links 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!
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 Event Reporting Form by Friday, June 11th. 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!
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.
Cycling Safety Sheets
- Parts of the Bicycle (PDF)
- Wearing a Helmet (PDF)
- Cycling Safety Gear (PDF)
- Locking a Bicycle (PDF)
Schools that register after May 2nd can still participate in the event by downloading and printing their own posters.
- Click here for the smaller trip-tracking poster
- Click here for the promo poster
- Click here for the Bike Reels poster
Example Social Graphics:
Event Reporting Form
After the event, School Champions are required to submit their participation numbers for Bike to School Week in order for your school to be eligible to win prizes. The event reporting form will be sent to you during Bike to School Week and is due on Friday, June 11th. By filling out the reporting form, you help us determine which schools win prizes, and most importantly, help 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 1 of 5 $50 gift cards to Save on Foods or 1 of 3 prize packs from Ethical Bean and BCAA.
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) and $50 gift card to Staples (Winner: St Helen's Elementary).
- 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 Staples. Winners: 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!