HOW WILL YOU GET TO SCHOOL THIS YEAR?
The Minneapolis Walking Routes for Youth map can help you plan your route!
Active Commute Equals Active Mind
MPS Safe Routes encourages students and families to actively commute to school. 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. 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.
Save the dates: 2016-2017 Walk and Bike to School Days
October 5, 2016: Fall MPS Walk & Bike to School Day
February 1, 2017: Winter Walk Day
May 10, 2017: Spring MPS Bike & Walk to School Day: (part of MPS Wellness Week May 8-12, 2017)
Recent publication | Journal of School Health | Critical Connections: Health and Academics | Volume 85, Issue 11 | November 2015
Safe Routes to School Highlights from 2015-2016:
Eleven schools held once, monthly, or weekly Bus Stop & Walks this year: Northrop, Seward, Lucy Laney, Loring, Lyndale, Keewaydin, Wenonah, Bancroft, Marcy, Hale and Pratt. Each week, more than 3,000 “extra” students experienced the joys and reaped the benefits of walking to school.
In the year-end survey of the Bus Stop & Walk, 97% of staff reported that on the days of the Bus Stop & Walk, students arrived to school MORE ALERT and READY to LEARN! (See full survey results.)
More than 1,000 MPS students discovered freedom, beauty, and adventure on the streets and trails of Minneapolis using the MPS bicycle fleet and the Walk! Bike! Fun! curriculum. These students from Loring, Seward, Whittier, Bethune, Nellie Stone Johnson, Marcy and Lyndale collectively pedaled their bicycles more than 6,000 miles—going farther than the year before and biking the equivalent of Miami to Seattle and THEN BACK AGAIN.
In the summer 600 more students will be bicycling EVERY DAY in the Stem Academy summer programs at Franklin MS and Pillsbury Elementary. School bicycle fleets across MPS will also be in use this summer!
The bicycle maintenance class at Transition Plus took excellent care of the MPS bicycle fleet over the winter and added an April bike ride to the Lake before the fleet went out again. Edison also stepped up to help get the Lucy Laney and Northeast Middle School fleets in order.
More than a dozen volunteers committed to helping with walk and bike efforts—including some SUPER volunteers: JAN, LUCY, and KELLIE. To volunteer with MPS bike and walk efforts see the sidebar.
MPS SRTS was awarded a 2016-2017 planning grant from MnDOT SRTS.
MPS SRTS will join the Whole Child Wellness team located in MPS Culinary and Wellness Services in 2016-2017!
2015-2016 Walk and Bike to School Day highlights:
37+ schools participated in walk and bike to school day in October.
Jefferson’s parent-led walking bus had more than fifty walkers! This walking bus runs weekly! Lucy Laney principals and staff walked out into the neighborhood to pick up children and walk to school together! At Pillsbury Mr. Lundquist’s class earned the GOLDEN SHOE, Ms. O’Neil’s class earned the GOLDEN BICYCLE, and Anthony was deemed the best recruiter! South High Green Tigers’ awesome event was featured in The Southerner: Read it here. Whittier had a gorgeous sunny morning filled with positive bike/walk energy, support from the Wedge Co-op, stellar fifth grade volunteers, and a steady stream of walkers and bikers. Seward met its goal of triple digit BICYCLES on the racks!!! Hiawatha and Howe saw many more children walking and biking than even live in the walk zone, about 150 kids in the two buildings!
Minneapolis Public Schools seeks bicycling and walking volunteers! Even helping once or twice a year will make a difference.Take two minutes to indicate your interest in a short survey.
Safe Routes to School
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LLEGUÉ CAMINANDO (Spanish)
KUV TAUG KO TAW (Hmong)
WAAN SOCDAY (Somali)
Mani wahi. (Dakota & Lakota)
LLEGUÉ EN BICI (Spanish)
KUV CAIJ LAUV THIJ (Hmong)
BAASKIIL BAAN FUULAY (Somali)
Naic’ihmihma ohna wahi. (Dakota)
Kahomni nunpa ogna wahi. (Lakota)
Note: The website formatting changes the Dakota and Lakota translations. See a better version in this word document.
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