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March 22, 2016


Safe Routes to School Friends,

Are you ready for 30 Day of Biking? 30 Days of Biking is a pledge to ride your bike every day in April, any distance, any destination, and share your adventures online  #30daysofbiking. Make the pledge!  And now is the time to dust off your bicycle. If it needs a little love—check out the free open shops and other maintenance resources later in this email.

Now is also the time to register for Bike and Walk to School day—May 4. Anyone (staff, parent, student) can register for their school community and if you do, cool stuff will arrive at your school to support your event  (see below). Also NEW THIS YEAR save the date and watch for details about a group bicycle ride starting from the Davis Service Center and ending at the Nutrition Center garden in the afternoon of May 4—tentatively scheduled for 3-4:30.  You will not want to miss this event. Contact Jennifer.bordon@mpls.k12.mn.us if you want to help.

So much great stuff below. Grants, a bike rack poster contest, free training. It is all the real deal! As always, let MPS SRTS know what is happening in your school community and how MPS SRTS can support your walk/bike dreams.

Free Walk! Bike! Fun! training | MnDOT SRTS & BikeMN | April 14—White Bear Lake  |  April 19—Brooklyn Center

Interested in biking with students at your school? Here’s the training for you. This is a fun, active and hands-on training to prepare educators for implementing the Walk! Bike! Fun! Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety curriculum. Sub pay is available through BikeMN.

Please share this announcement with your friends and colleagues. . A few spaces are still available in both sessions.

Thursday, April 14, in White Bear Lake: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/walk-bike-fun-white-bear-lake-tickets-22750820316

Tuesday, April 19, in Brooklyn Center: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/walk-bike-fun-brooklyn-center-tickets-22930868846

(The registration tab is in the upper right hand corner.)


Register NOW | Wellness Week: Bike and Walk Day | May 4 | Flyers, stickers, BANNER,  bike lights and more!

REGISTER NOW to receive your BIKE/WALK DAY prize package. May 4th is National Bike to School Day. As part of the third-annual MPS Wellness Week, Minneapolis Public Schools will celebrate May 4 with Bike and Walk to School and Work events across the district. Join students, staff, and families across the nation on May 4, or choose the day or week in May that works best for your school community. Register your school with MPS and you will receive a prize package that includes I WALKED/I BIKED stickers for students and staff, an AWESOME BANNER for WALKERS and BIKERS to sign at arrival, prizes for drawings, simple event posters, flyers, and more… There will also be a super-cool district prize drawing for staff who bike/walk, including a chance to win a Fitbit Flex or gift cards to local business in your community. Register here.


MnDOT SRTS Bike Day Poster Contest | Win a bike rack or awesome pump | k-4 and 5-8 | Due April 20

Pedaling a bicycle can create some of childhood’s happiest moments, and we want to capture that. This year, Minnesota Safe Routes to School is holding its first ever, Bike to School Day poster contest. Sponsored by Quality Bicycle Products and Dero, the poster contest asks participants to design an 8.5 x 11 poster that shows how they feel when they ride a bicycle. Age categories include K– 4th and 5th - 8th. Poster contest winners will receive their choice of several Dero products (including a bike rack, public bike pump, and more) for placement at their school. Contest entries must be submitted by April 20. More details.


If you are interested in getting updates on Minnesota Safe Routes to School resources, events and funding opportunities, sign up for the MN Safe Routes to School eNewsletter!



National Youth Bike Summit |  Cycles for Changes | May 27-29 | MnDOT SRTS Scholarship application due March 31

This May Cycles for Change is hosting the national Youth Bike Summit, a three-day national conference that brings together educators, advocates, activists, students, teenagers, practitioners, researchers, policy makers, and community leaders to engage around youth, bicycles, education, and advocacy. MnDOT and Minnesota Safe Routes to School are proud sponsors of the 6th annual Youth Bike Summit and are offering ten $390 scholarships to support youth participants (covering most of the costs associated with attending). The summit will be held here in Minnesota at Macalester College in St. Paul May 27-29, 2016. Scholarships will be awarded to youth in Minnesota who are actively connected to the Safe Routes to School initiative and priority will be given to those outside the Twin Cities metro area.


$500-2,500 Grants |  Action for Healthy Kids | Game on Grants | Due April 1

Action for Healthy Kids will award 500 schools with Game On grants for physical activity and nutrition initiatives that support schools in becoming nationally recognized as a health-promoting school. Grants range from $500 to $2,500. Learn more



FREE Bicycle fix-it RESOURCES  | Fix a Flat Class at the Hub |  Bicycle Open Shops at Minneapolis Bicycle Shops

The Hub School, 3020 Minnehaha Avenue, is offering FREE Fix-a-Flat Classes!:  FREE hour-long class is designed to keep you on your bike and enjoying your ride! We’ll go over the tools needed to fix your flat, how to identify its cause and techniques for making the whole process quick and painless. Bring your bike to practice on and wear clothes you won’t mind getting dirty. These classes are free of charge with the donation of a canned food item (for our local food shelf). See: http://www.thehubbikecoop.org/about/classes-pg58.htm


Fix your bike for at a free at an Open Shop Event. Several Minneapolis bicycle shops have times when they loan their stands, tools, and also may have volunteers on hand to help you fix your bicycle:

·         Tuesdays, 3-7 p.m. Venture North, 1830 Glenwood Ave

·         1st and 3rd Monday of the month from 7pm to 9pm Recovery Bike Shop, 2504 Central Ave NE,

·         Wednesdays, 4-8p.m.; Saturdays, 1-4 Cycles for Change, 1915 E 22nd St.

·         Grease Rag hosts several open shops a week at various locations. Grease Rag encourages and empowers WTF (women/ trans*/ femme) cyclists in a collaborative and fun learning environment through rides, discussions, shop nights and educational seminars in a safer space.  See http://greaserag.org/



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 the Statewide Health Improvement Program and the Minnesota Department of Transportation, Safe Routes to School.


MPS SRTS 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.