This Wednesday is another opportunity for kids to get some exercise on the way to school.
On Wednesday, October 2nd, more than 200 Minnesota schools and thousands of students, including many schools in Central Minnesota, will participate in “International Walk and Bike to School Day”. The annual event is sponsored by Minnesota Safe Routes to School and encourages students and parents to increase their physical activity, practice pedestrian and bicycle safety, reduce traffic congestion and strengthen connections between families, schools and communities.
“Walking and bicycling safely is a critical life skill 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 while reaping the benefits of increased physical activity, reduced traffic congestion and arriving at school ready to learn.”
Cowan said school leaders can register their Walk and Bike to School Day event and those that do, will receive educational materials to support their event. Participants can also join in Minnesota’s Walk to School Day photo contest by submitting photos on the MnSRTS Facebook page with the hashtag: #mnwalks. Kids and parents, have a fun walk or bike ride to school Wednesday! (According to Too Tall Tom…you might need a raincoat…but don’t worry…you won’t melt!)