Free Bike Lights and More for High Schools:
National Bike to School Day is Wednesday, May 7. Minneapolis Public Schools will celebrate this day with walk and bike to school events across the District. That week the City of Minneapolis will also celebrate Bike Week (May 4-11), organized by the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition. During MPLS Bike Week, the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition will create a number of Commuter Pit Stops around the city, providing encouragement and amenities to bicyclists on their commutes during Bike Week.
Minneapolis Bike Week is offering additional Commuter Pit Stops at MPS High Schools on National Bike to School Day, Wednesday, May 7, to encourage more students and staff to bike to school. The High School Pit Stops will look similar to the other Pit Stops, only tailored to the specific high school community.
Minneapolis Bike Week will provide
Contact MPS Safe Routes to School to sign up your high school or to learn more, Jennifer.firstname.lastname@example.org, 612-668-5419.
Bike to School events foster academic achievement, raise environmental awareness, increase student health and build connections among students, school and the larger community. Best of all these events are fun! We hope a student leadership group, green team, staff wellness group, or even a single impassioned individual will accept this exciting invitation.
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!
28 schools representing 5,800+ students registered making it another record breaking year!
Here are a just few highlights:
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.
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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.
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