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Another Record-Breaking Bike and Walk to School Day

More than thirty schools representing more than 6,500 students and staff participated in Bike and Walk to School events on May 7, National Bike to School Day. The Bike/Walk Day was the Wednesday signature event in the first-ever MPS Wellness Week as well as in the reconfigured Minneapolis Bicycle Week. Thank you MPS Wellness and Minneapolis Bicycle Week for the support. Thank you also to the Mall of America Nickelodeon Universe, Quality Bike Parts, BikeMN, MnDOT, and AAA for continued support of Bike and Walk efforts in Minneapolis Public Schools.
Here’s the list of participating schools: Anthony, Andersen, Barton, Bryn Mawr, Edison, Field (May 14), Green Central, Hale (May 19-23), Hall, Hiawatha, Howe, Jefferson, Jenny Lind, Keewaydin (May 5), Kenwood, Marcy, Lake Harriet Upper, Loring, Lucy Craft Laney, Lyndale, Nellie Stone Johnson,  Northeast Middle School, Northrop (May 22), Pillsbury, Pratt, Ramsey, Roosevelt, Sanford, Seward (May 9), Sheridan, South (ALL WEEK), South Campus Adult Education, Transitions Plus (ALL WEEK), Waite Park, Wenonah (May 5), and Whittier.
Some highlights
  • Washburn High School hosted students across MPS for the annual Developmentally Adapted Physical Education (DAPE) Bike Event. Some of the bicycles used by students were funded by a MnDOT Safe Routes to School grant.
  • Hiawatha and Howe reported nearly 40% of students participating.
  • Bus Stop and Walks afforded nearly whole school participation at Wenonah, Keewaydin, Lyndale, Loring and Northrop. (Lyndale and Loring also held additional events).
  • Davis Center hosted a city-wide commuter pit stop that was visited by students and staff on the way to Lucy Craft Laney.

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.



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.