October 8 is International Walk to School Day. Minneapolis Public Schools will join families around the world to celebrate the joys and benefits of walking to school. We will celebrate this day as Walk and Bike to School and Work Day!
Events can be as simple as announcing “It’s walk and bike to school day,” and providing I WALKED and I BIKED stickers to walkers and bikers as they arrive. If you register your walk/bike event with MPS SRTS, we’ll send you these stickers and everything you need for a successful event. In the fall more than 30 schools, representing more than 6,500 students and staff participated in this event. Don’t let your school be left out:
Register your school’s Walk/Bike to School event—big or small—with MPS Safe Routes to School by emailing Jennifer.firstname.lastname@example.org You will receive a prize package that includes the super-cool I WALKED/I BIKED stickers for students and staff, other small incentives like MOA Mystery Tickets, simple posters, flyers and more. While you are encouraged to join children and families around the world on October 8, MPS SRTS will support any walk/bike event in October with these goodies, while supplies last.
Name of your school
The date/time of your event
Approximate # of student walkers expected
Approximate # of student bikers expected
Approximate # of staff walkers expected
Approximate # of staff bikers expected
Brief description of plans (optional)
May 7, 2013
Another Record-Breaking Bike and Walk to School Day
Active Commute=Active Mind
In support of Attend to Achieve, MPS Safe Routes encourages students and families to actively commute to school. Parents report anecdotally that the arrival of “the walking bus” provides children with strong motivation to get “out the door” on time (or sometimes even “way too early”). Indeed 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.
Safe Routes to School
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MPS SRTS Email List
MPS SRTS sends occasional emails to walk/bike friends, enthusiasts, and champions across Minneapolis Public Schools with walk and bike information, opportunities, and events. Email email@example.com to be added to this email list.
LLEGUÉ CAMINANDO (Spanish)
KUV TAUG KO TAW (Hmong)
WAAN SOCDAY (Somali)
Mani wahi. (Dakota & Lakota)
LLEGUÉ EN BICI (Spanish)
KUV CAIJ LAUV THIJ (Hmong)
BAASKIIL BAAN FUULAY (Somali)
Naic’ihmihma ohna wahi. (Dakota)
Kahomni nunpa ogna wahi. (Lakota)
Note: The website formatting changes the Dakota and Lakota translations. See a better version in this word document.