MN schools, students to participate in ‘Walk and Bike to School Day’ Wednesday

(ABC 6 News) – The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) says that nearly 175 schools and thousands of students are expected to participate in International Walk and Bike to School Day on Wednesday.

Minnesota Safe Routes to School (MdSRTS) sponsors the annual event which encourages students and parents to try a new and healthy habit that increases physical activity. The event also helps reduce traffic congestion and aims to strengthen connections between families, schools and communities.

“Walking and bicycling safely are critical life skills and Walk to School Day encourages students to use this knowledge throughout their lives,” said Dave Cowan, MnDOT Safe Routes to School coordinator. “Students and families can use their Walk to School Day event as an opportunity to get some fresh air, take in the gorgeous fall colors, spend more time with friends and family, and arrive at school ready to learn.”

Families with students who live far from school and typically ride the bus can participate through a Bus Stop and Walk Program. Schools that participate in this program designate a drop-off location at a safe and walkable distance from school, and volunteers help supervise the walk and assist with crossing streets.

Schools can join in the Walk to School Day photo contest by submitting photos on the MnSRTS Facebook page with the hashtag #mnwalks.

Photos must be posted by October 21 with the winner receiving statewide bragging rights.