Wisconsin Walks

During the month of October, we  call  attention to  walking and the importance of drivers watching for people walking on sidewalks, parking lots and crossing streets. Walking is an activity that is part of all of our lives whether we walk to school or work, exercise or simply walk from our homes to our cars and the places we are going.

There are lots of fun events coming up across the state where people will be out walking.  We all have the right to feel safe.  Yet, in Wisconsin the number of pedestrian fatalities is alarming.  As of September 30th, 32 people have been killed walking.  We can all do our part to change this by driving at or below the speed limit, being alert and allowing people to cross the street.  Watch  this video to see how you can help.  watch?v=jgfyzZBXZGI.

All across Wisconsin kids and families will celebrate Natrional Walk to School Day on October 10th.



Perennial walk/bike supporters in MPS are hosting fun events including walking school buses, bike trains, meet ups, and school spirit days.


The Wisconsin Bike Federation’s Safe Routes to School Madison team will be participating at the WOW (Walk or Wheel) challenge at Mendota Elementary School in Madison’s northside for the annual National Walk to School Day on October 10. Three will be two “Walking Buses” routes that will depart at 7:15 am for children and families to participate. Snacks and prizes will be given to participants. The Safe Routes To School program in Madison is in partnership with the Healthy Kids Collaborative.
The WOW Challenge is a one-week walking and biking competition between Dane County schools that is happening this October. To find more about the WOW challenge follow the link below:

East Central Region

Lots of great info and events happening check this link for info


Oconto County

Safe Kids Oconto County is excited to have 2 Oconto County schools participate in International Walk to School Day this year! Lena School District and Oconto Elementary will be participating.  The events are taking place in the morning, before school starts, on Wednesday, October 10th.  We have developed a number of new partnerships with the events and the communities/schools are very excited! FedEx is the program sponsor for this event.

La Crosse County

La Crosse County has 14 walking school buses.  The first walking school bus in La Crosse School began in 2008 and the last to join the fleet came in 2018.

La Crosse

Northside Elementary

Hamilton-SOTA I Elementary

State Road Elementary

Summit Elementary Emerson Elementary

Spence Elementary

Southern Bluffs Elementary

Mt. Calvary Grace School

Cathedral Elementary School


Northern Hills Elementary

Irving Pertzsch Elementary

Eagle Bluff Elementary

West Salem

13. West Salem Elementary


Viking Elementary

There are lots of other events to celebrate walking.   La Crosse events include:


October 13th Historic Downtown Day :

9:30-10:30   Walk with a Doc Meet at Burns Park, 7th and Main Street

10:00-10:45 Heritage Walk of Franciscan Neighborhood Begins at Viterbo University Reinhart Center, 900 Viterbo Drive

10:00-2:00  La Crosse History Hunt - Scavenger Hunt Begins at 326 Pearl Street no pre-registration required

11:00-12:15  Guided Architectural Walking Tour Meets at 200 Main Street

12:30-2:00 Historical Bike Shops Walking Tour Begins at 500 Main Street 

October 19th 

UW-L Students for Sustainability and Emerson Elementary School Students’ Nature walk


October 31st  

People out everywhere walking in costumes having fun. Let’s do our part to allow people to feel comfortable walking everyday!














About Carolyn Dvorak, La Crosse Ambassador

Carolyn lives in La Crosse with her husband and two daughters. She has loved riding a bicycle throughout her life. She enjoys working in the La Crosse area helping to create great places to bicycle.

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