Bike to School Week
Bike to School Week is a free, fun, week-long celebration for students of all ages and abilities! 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! Normally, our Bike to School Week event takes place in the Spring but with the health of our community in mind, the event was postponed to Fall 2020 after the BC Government’s suspension of in-class learning for K-12.
Our Bike Reels Student Film Contest normally coincides with Bike to School Week, however, this year the online film contest took place from May-June 2020. To watch this year’s winning films, click here!
This year, Bike to School Week took place the week of September 28-October 2, 2020. Several other HUB Events were revamped for the fall as well.
HUB Cycling coordinates the event for elementary and middle schools across Metro Vancouver. Secondary schools are also encouraged to participate in our Bike to Work Week as an entire school or as individual riders. Secondary students and staff can log their trips to school and work, track their results, and are eligible to win awards and prizes.
Schools in communities outside of the Metro Vancouver area can visit Go By Bike BC's website to take part.
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2020 Bike to School Week Registered Schools
Put your school on the map! Check out all the Metro Vancouver schools who registered for Bike to School Week 2020:
Registration for Bike to School Week September 2020 is closed. Registration for Bike to School Week 2021 will be posted here once available.
Check out our article for highlights on 2020's Bike to School Week event!
How it Works:
First time organizing Bike to School Week at your school? Need additional inspiration? Check out our First Time Schools’ Guide for curriculum links, activity ideas, strategies for inclusion, and to hear about successes from past participating schools!
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 2020 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 - 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 active transportation please use a third sticker of your choosing.
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 "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 tattoos!
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! In our 2020 Media Kit, 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)
Example Social Graphics:
Reporting Survey - Post-Event
Congratulations on a successful Bike to School Week! A BIG thank you for championing the event at your school and reporting results back - especially during a very different school year. Next years reporting survey will be posted here once available.
Awards and Results
All schools that reported their results in 2020 were eligible to win exciting prizes! Prizes were awarded by draw, and to top-ranking schools based on the number of participants and number of trips per capita.
Grand prize winners were selected based on their participant and trip numbers relative to their school population. Check out the winners and their prizes below!
Grand Prize - Best First Time School
Congratulations to Inman Elementary in Burnaby for wining a strider bike from Matrix Canada!
Grand Prize - Top Riders
One top-ranking school with the most riders participating in Bike to School Week proportionate to their school's population won an Urban Bike Repair Stand ($1091.68 value) AND an Urban 2-Hanger bike rack ($473.32 value) from Urban Racks! Congratulations to École Jules Quesnel in Vancouver for winning this prize!
Grand Prize - Top Trips, Runner-up Trips, and Runner-up Riders
Three top-ranking schools each won a prize pack worth over $400 jam-packed with bike accessories including helmets, locks, lights, bells, and water bottles! Congratulations to Lord Tennyson Elementary in Vancouver, Grauer Elementary in Richmond, and Queen Elizabeth Annex in Vancouver for winning these prizes!
As the saying goes, the early bird gets the worm! Three schools who registered before August 31st, 2020 were entered to win one of three $50 Sport Chek gift cards. Winners were drawn mid-September and prizes were mailed to winners in their school's event package. Congratulations to Cindrich Elementary, William Watson Elementary, and KB Woodward Elementary for each winning a $50 gift card to Sport Chek!
Spread the Word - Social Media Prize!
From September 28-October 2, schools who spread the word about Bike to School Week on their social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram) using the hashtag #Bike2School were entered to win a $50 gift card to Choices Markets! Congratulations to St. Patrick Regional Secondary for winning this prize!
Five lucky schools won one of five prize packs! Each prize pack included a $50 gift card to Park Royal and a Let's Go Biking e-book. Congratulations to Neilson Grove Elementary, John Norquay Elementary School, Caulfeild iDEC Elementary School, William Watson Elementary, and Lions Bay School for each winning a prize pack!
We love you, School Champions! Without you, Bike to School Week would not be possible. This year we added more draw prizes for school champions who submited a reporting survey at the end of Bike to School Week. All school champions who submited a reporting survey for their school were sent a $5 Starbucks e-gift card! Two school champions also won one of two Ethical Bean coffee packs, and one school champion won two bath experience passes to the Scandinave Spa in Whistler! Congratulations to John from St. Patrick Regional Secondary, Stacey from Beaver Creek Elementary, and Christine from Gleneagles Chaxay for winning one of these additional incentive prizes!
Thank you to our generous sponsors!
Thank you to our generous supporters!