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The Minneapolis Safe Routes to School Toolkit offers a great starting point for Safe Routes to School Efforts.

 (Click link at the bottom of the page to download the MPS Safe Routes to School Toolkit.)

 

We offer it to help you understand the approach and programming that comprise Safe Routes. The kit offers clear suggestions for beginning and maintaining Safe Routes work; it offers local and national resources; and it can be supplemented by technical assistance from Safe Routes Staff. The Toolkit is focused on efforts in Minneapolis and shares practical tips for using a Safe Routes approach in your neighborhood.

 

We hope that School Leaders, Student-Parent-Family School Organizations, Community Groups, and anyone interested in beginning or sustaining Safe Routes work in the Twin Cities community will find it helpful.

 

We believe that health and safety are key to students learning well in school and to children and adults feeling part of safe neighborhoods and engaged in neighborhood life. We know that young people who increase exercise and who choose healthy lifestyles often do better in school and in physical and mental well-being.

We offer thanks to several supporters. They include Minnesota Department of Health; Minneapolis Department of Health and Family Support; Blue Cross/Blue Shield Minnesota; Mayor R.T. Rybak. Their support and enthusiasm help sustain the work of encouraging healthy lifestyles.

 

We acknowledge the work of the Safe Routes to School Work Group which represents the major agencies coordinating the work. The group includes representatives from the Minneapolis Police Department, Minneapolis Department of Public Works and the Bike Walk Ambassadors, Minneapolis Public Schools – Safety & Security, Student Support Services, Transportation, and Community Education.

 

We offer this work to the Twin Cities Community as another step toward increasing the health and safety of us all.

 

Sincerely,

 

MPS Safe Routes to School Team