Bike It! Day will return to the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Wednesday, Oct. 5, encouraging the school community to seek other methods of transportation to and from school.

The Santa Monica High School Solar Alliance initiated Bike It! Day at Samohi four years ago in an effort to reduce the school’s carbon footprint. During the event, the alliance challenges students to “leave the car at home” and seek other transportation modes, such as biking, walking, skateboarding, and taking the bus.

The effort has expanded to numerous schools within the district, including the middle school and elementary school level.

Most recently, the Samohi Solar Alliance was awarded a Presidential Commendation for the successful expansion of a district-wide Bike It!/Walk It! Day.