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Walk! Bike! Fun! is the new Minnesota Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Curriculum (learn more). Many MPS schools are implementing the bicycle safety portion of the curriculum in physical education classes or in after-school bicycle clubs.

Skilled volunteers are so helpful when biking with students off-campus and, therefore, BikeMN will facilitate a FREE bicycle-volunteer training for Minneapolis School District on Saturday, April 11 at 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  Parents, support staff, community members—all are invited to the training (and there is no obligation to become a Walk! Bike! Fun! volunteer).

Participants will gain pre-ride essential skills such as proper helmet fit and a-b-c quick check and group bike riding skills that will be applicable to biking with students in a school program or biking with the children in one’s life. Space is limited. Please follow this link to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/walk-bike-fun-volunteer-training-minneapolis-tickets-16042670058


Did you know that walking or biking to school prepares students to learn more during the school day? Minneapolis Public School students heated up their MINDS on WINTER WALK DAY!


Minneapolis Public Schools joined our Canadian neighbors on February 4, 2015, Winter Walk Day. More than 20 schools and 2,000 students are participating--on February 4 or later in the month. Winter Walk Day celebrates Minnesota winter and honors winter walkers--regular, occasional or even first timers. The I WALKED stickers have turned  ICE BLUE in celebration. (See Winter Walk Day Materials in sidebar for more information.)



Active Commute Equals Active Mind

MPS Safe Routes encourages students and families to actively commute to school. Research suggests students who walk to school have better attendance and higher achievement than those who do not. A recent study found that walking or biking to school improved children's concentration during the school day much more than eating breakfast or lunch did!. Other research links walking and creativity. As we all play a role in student success, in students achieving their dreams, MPS Safe Routes offers the commute to school as a small piece of this larger goal. Please contact MPS Safe Routes if you'd like assistance starting Safe Routes efforts in your community, educating staff and students on safe routes, organizing bike/walk events and walking buses, establishing school-owned bicycle fleets and/or addressing safety concerns.

October 8 was International Walk to School Day. More than thirty schools and 7,000 students and staff celebrated with walk and bike to school events.