Illinois education and transportation officials are encouraging schools to participate in the upcoming International Walk to School Day.
More than 140 Illinois schools have registered for the Oct. 5 event so far.
The day began as a community demonstration in Chicago and has grown into a worldwide event celebrating its 15th year.
The slogan for this year's international event, "Hike it. Bike it. I like it!" was chosen after an online contest. The winner came from a suburban Chicago elementary school.
Participating schools are asked to instruct students on the basics of pedestrian and bicycle safety.