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Register Now for May Bike Walk Events!

May 7th is National Bike to School Day. As part of the first-ever MPS Wellness Week, Minneapolis Public Schools will celebrate May 7 with bike or walk to school and work events across the District. A great way to begin or strengthen walk and bike to school efforts is by participating in walk and bike to school events. These events foster academic achievement, improve student health, raise environmental awareness and strengthen connections among families, schools, and the larger community. (And they are fun!)  Events can be as simple as announcing “it’s bike and walk to school day” and providing I BIKED and I WALKED stickers to walkers as they arrive. 
 
In the fall more than 28 schools,  5,800 students and 250 staff participated in this event. Don’t let your school be left out: Register your school’s Bike or Walk to School and Work event—big or small—with MPS Safe Routes to School by emailing Jennifer.bordon@mpls.k12.mn.us
 
  
Please include this information:
  • 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 Bike/Walk Day Prize Packages include:
  • Simple Poster/Flier Template, Thank you MnDOT! See fliers.
  • I WALKED and I BIKED stickers (all staff and student bikers/walkers) Thank you Minneapolis Health Department!
  • Nickelodeon Mystery Tickets (all staff and student bikers/walkers, 1 per) Thank You Mall of America!
  • Some super-cool bike lights Thank you Minneapolis Bike Week!
  • Some really cute bike bells (for raffles or awards) Thank you Quality Bike Parts!
  • A bike helmet (for raffles or awards, while supplies last) Thank you AAA!
  • A class set of rulers or pencils or bookmarks (perhaps for the class with the most walkers & bikers) Thank you AAA & BikeMn!
  • Perhaps other miscellaneous (for raffles or awards) Thank you leftovers from other years!
  • Some Minneapolis Bicycle Maps Thank you Minneapolis Public Works!
     
Prize packages will be delivered to registered schools about a week before the event. Staff who walk and bike will also receive a banana bowl in the staff lounge courtesy of MPS Wellness. MPS SRTS can provide ideas to help your school include children who ride the bus in the event, and Minneapolis Bike Week will supply high schools with even more support. MPS SRTS will support bike/walk events on days following May 7, while supplies last.
 

 

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!. 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.

 

International Walk to School Day was Wednesday, October 9.

A great way to begin or strengthen walk and bike to school efforts is by participating in walk and bike to school events. These events foster academic achievement, improve student health, raise environmental awareness and build connections among families, schools, and the larger community. (And they are fun!)  Thank you to all who participated in October Walk and Bike to School days: Andersen, Barton, Bryn Mawr, Edison, Green Central, Hale, Hiawatha, Howe, Jefferson, Jenny Lind, Kenwood, LNCS Keewaydin, LNCS Wenonah, Loring, Lucy Laney, Lyndale, Marcy, Nellie Stone Johnson, NEMS, Northrop, Pillsbury, Pratt, Ramsey, Sanford, Seward, Transitions Plus, Waite Park, and Whittier! Thank you to the Mall of America Nickelodeon Universe and AAA for support of this event!

28 schools representing 5,800+ students registered making it another record breaking year!

Here are a just few highlights:

  • Pratt School participated in this fall event for the first time and saw some families walking more than a mile to school. Beautiful photos of the event are found here.

  • The student bikers at Sanford helped plan that school’s events which included a partnership with HCMC and the Helmets on Heads campaign with helmets for every student in the 6th grade.

  • Kenwood planned a short activity so students who ride buses could take part in activities, and Northrop, Loring and Lyndale all launched Bus Stop and Walks, so children who usually ride school buses are now experiencing the joys and reaping the benefits of walking to school once a week.

  • MPS Wellness provided fruit baskets in the staff lounge for staff who walked and biked. Thank you staff walkers and bikers and thank you MPS Wellness!

 

 

Congratulations Minneapolis Public Schools!
Through a grant from the Minnesota Department of Transportation Safe Routes to School, six schools now have bicycle fleets: Andersen, Green, Jefferson, Lucy Laney, Northeast, and Sanford. These bicycles will be used in these schools in myriad ways: bike clubs, safety education, field trip transportation and more. All bicycle fleets include a Developmental Adapted Physical Education (DAPE) bicycle. The DAPE teacher at each site has been working with specific students with gross motor delays to increase participation in the community biking events. 

In 2012 the Communities Putting Prevention to Work grant funded two school-owned bicycle fleets of fifteen bicycles each. These bicycles were used to pilot the Minnesota Safe Routes to School Pedestrian and Bicycle Curriculum in two MPS communities.  

MPS Safe Routes is so excited to be part of these projects and looks forward to watching MPS students wheel down many paths on these bicycles discovering independence, freedom and even a little more of themselves.  Thank you to the dedicated staff from these schools who are making these projects happen.

 

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.