(ABC 6 News) – The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) say that almost 175 schools and thousands of students are expected to participate in International Walk and Bike to School Day Wednesday.
Minnesota Safe Routes to School (MdSRTS) sponsors the annual event that encourages students and parents to try a healthy new habit that increases physical activity. The event also helps ease traffic congestion and aims to strengthen ties between families, schools and communities.
“Safe walking and cycling are essential 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 take advantage of their Walk to School Day event to get some fresh air, take in the beautiful fall colors, spend more time with friends and family, and arrive at school ready to learn.
Families whose students live far from school and usually take the bus can participate through a Program of bus stops and walks. Schools that participate in this program designate a drop-off point a safe and walkable distance from the school, and volunteers help supervise walking and assist with crossing streets.
Schools can participate in Walk to School Photo Contest by submitting photos to the MnSRTS Facebook page with hashtag #mnwalks.
Photos must be posted by October 21, with the winner receiving statewide bragging rights.