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September 3, 2015

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Safe Routes to School Friends,

It’s crazy how cool you all are! One example: The Get Fit With History class during summer school at Broadway High School at Longfellow. Students studied historic places and then BIKED to them (Milwaukee Avenue, the Stone Arch Bridge,  St. Anthony Fall, the Swedish Institute, Fort Snelling…) so students could EXPERIENCE history. Students also discovered the incredible bike trails we have in Minneapolis (a bit of living history) and strengthened their connections to the city as a whole. Kudos Broadway staff and students!

Kudos to all the parents, staff, students, and community members walking and biking to school, setting up bike clubs,  and organizing school wide efforts such as the Bus Stop & Walk. Your energy is inspiring.

Hope your school year is off to a great start. Tons of resources below. I hope everyone will sign up for Walk Bike Day. Now may also be a good time to examine bicycle parking, review arrival and dismissal procedures, and share pedestrian or bicycle safety tips sheets.

As always, let us know what is happening in your school community. Whatever your walk-bike dreams, MPS SRTS is here to assist.

 

Register Now | MPS Walk and Bike to School Day | October 7  | Flyers, stickers, fruit bowl, and more!

October 7 is International Walk to School Day. Minneapolis Public Schools will join families around the world to celebrate the joys and reap the benefits of walking and biking to school. (And If Oct 7 doesn’t work for your school’s walk/bike day, you can choose a day that does.) Events can be as simple as announcing “It’s walk and bike to school day,” and providing I WALKED and I BIKED stickers to walkers and bikers as they arrive. If you register your walk/bike event with MPS SRTS, we’ll send you these stickers and everything you need for a successful event, and Health Partners/My Personal Solution will send a bowl of bananas to the staff lounge. In the fall more than 30 schools, representing more than 6,500 students and staff participated in this event. Don’t let your school be left out.

Register HERE: http://goo.gl/forms/msM4xKv7jM

 

Resource  | Walking Routes for Youth Map  | City of Minneapolis & MPS  | Out NOW

The Minneapolis Walking Routes for Youth Map were delivered to all MPS schools last year. Schools, parks, libraries and other great destinations are found on the map, along with a network of routes that connect them all. Find it electronically in ENGLISH, SOMALI, SPANISH, and HMONG. There’s even an ap for your phone. SEE:

http://www.minneapolismn.gov/publicworks/saferoutes/index.htm

 

Resource | Arrival Dismissal

MPS Safe Routes to School website has a section devoted to Arrival and Dismissal including

·         Arrival & Dismissal Best Practices  and TOOLKIT for Safety Committees

·         How to request a mobile speed wagon  (right side bar) 

·         Ready-to-go Letters to Families that Drive (available in 4 languages-right side bar)

Find these resources and more: http://emss.mpls.k12.mn.us/arrival_and_dismissal

 

A tip from MPS schools: Consider creating your own signage (sandwich board) as a safety reminder to your school community.

Bicycle Racks  | Cost Share Program | City of Minneapolis

Running low on bicycle parking at your school? Schools, libraries, parks, and other eligible public facilities can also request to receive bicycle racks at no cost. Please contact Paul Cao at (612) 673-2943 or e-mail Paul.Cao@minneapolismn.gov for more information. See: http://www.minneapolismn.gov/bicycles/ga/WCMS1P-135607

 

Helped Wanted  | Bike Drive | Free Bikes for Kidz

Support Free Bikes for Kidz efforts to get more bicycles in MPS Schools. This year Free Bikes 4 Kidz is collecting, repairing and redistributing bicycles to youth in need in our school district and beyond.  Pta/pto groups interested in working with FB4K to hold a bike collection this fall (October 24) should contact Dave Cowan, Free Bikes for Kidz Operations Director, for more information dave@fb4k.org.

Feedback Wanted  | 46th Street Repaving Project | Hennepin County

Hennepin County is preparing for the repaving of 46th Street South between Lyndale Avenue and Cedar Avenue. Construction is scheduled to begin late summer 2016. The paving project could provide improvement opportunities for vehicular traffic, bicyclists and pedestrians. Provide feedback and learn more: http://www.hennepin.us/residents/transportation/46-street

 

FREE EVENTS | SEPTEMBER OPEN STREETS | Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition

It should be on everyone one’s list to attend a free, Open Streets event!

Nicollet: Sunday,  September 20th, 11am–5pm.

University of Minnesota: Saturday, September 12th, 11am–5pm

Lowry: Saturday, September 26th, 12pm–6pm

Open Streets event list and description in English, Spanish, Somali and Hmong: http://www.openstreetsmpls.org/events

SAVE the DATES/Notable DATES 

Farm to School BBQ: September 24, 2015 (more)

MPS WALK/BIKE DAY: October 7, 2015 (International Walk to School Day)

Winter Walk Day:  February 3, 2016. 

The International Winter Cycling Congress: February 2-4, 2016, in Minneapolis and Saint Paul. (more)

Safe Routes to School National Conference: April 5-7, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio (more)

MPS BIKE/WALK DAY: May 4, 2016 (National Bike to School Day)

MPS Safe Routes to School Email List

MPS Safe Routes to School (MPS SRTS) is part of Safe & Healthy Students and is located in Operational & Security Services (OSS). It is funded through grants from the Minnesota Department of Transportation, Safe Routes to School and the Statewide Health Improvement Program.

MPS Safe Routes to School sends occasional emails like this one to walk/bike friends, enthusiasts, and champions across Minneapolis Public Schools with bike/walk/wellness information, opportunities, and events. Please email Jennifer.bordon@mpls.k12.mn.us to be added to or removed from this list. Please share as you see fit.