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Every Week Can Be
Walk & Bike to Anywhere Week

In early October Minneapolis Public Schools celebrated Walk & Bike to Anywhere Week along with communities across Minnesota and the nation. The good news is, you can make every week a walking and biking week. It won't take long for before you see these benefits: stress reduction, elevated mood, improved focus, and better sleep. Check our the Family Walking & Biking Guide for route ideas and safety tips. 

More Resources:

BINGO - Walk & Bike to Local Food

BINGO - Be Active in Small Spaces

Bicycle ABC Quickcheck

Navigate Your Neighborhood

 Tree BINGO

Rainbow of Street Signs

Home Wellness -- from MPS CWS, see especially the Wellness Wednesday sidebar for simple, non-technology driven ideas

 

Safe Routes to School

Family walks and bike rides are great ways to stay active and de-stress during the COVID-19 quarantine. Please see our Walking & Biking guide that will give you ideas for routes, safety tips, and more. You will also find additional resources for healthy eating, sustainability and physical activity at our Home Wellness Resources website.

SAVE THE DATES: 2020-2021 Walk & Bike to Anywhere Days

October 7, 2020 - schools and families across MPS particated!
February 3, 2021
May 5, 2021 

HOW WILL YOU GET TO SCHOOL THIS YEAR?

Everyone benefits when children walk and bike to school. Neighbors get to know each other and look out for one another. Drivers expect to see children walking and biking and drive more carefully. There is less congestion around schools making the air fresher and the streets quieter, (See five great reasons...)

2019-20: Walk & Bike to School Days 

Oct 2: Walk & Bike to School Day: A record-breaking 44 Schools participated. Heard at an event--"It really brought our community closer. We can't wait for the next event!"
 
Feb 5:  Winter Walk Day: Schools across MPS participated!
 
May 6: Bike to Anywhere Day during Spring Wellness Week, At Home Edition May 4-8 

Travel Green

Let’s Go!!! Minneapolis Public Schools Walking and Biking Field Trip Guide is completed! The guide grows out of the fantastic efforts of staff members who have traveled tens of thousands of miles with students on bike and on foot—from one corner of our dear city to another. Together we are working towards a happier, healthier, connected, and vibrant city where all children experience the joys and reap the benefits of active transportation. This project was supported by the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership, Minnesota Department of Health.

MINNEAPOLIS PUBLIC SCHOOLS SAFE ROUTES to SCHOOL STRATEGIC ACTION PLAN  

The new Minneapolis Public Schools Safe Routes to School Strategic Action Plan is completed! Providing fun, safe, and convenient opportunities for youth to walk and bike not only improves wellness, connectedness, and quality of life in our community, but is also one piece of achieving the academic goals of MPS. The plan brings a focus on equity throughout all SRTS actions and in coordination between MPS, City, and Hennepin County staff. Together with our many partners, we will work toward a vision where all students have opportunities to walk and bike, where communities are safe and connected, and where the beauty that Minneapolis offers is accessible to all. 

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.

Publications

The November Issue of the Journal of School Health is devoted to the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Model. One article in this issue focuses on Health and Academic Achievement. Some excerpts: “Despite these [reform] efforts, there has been minimal improvement in student achievement. One reason might be that these education-specific approaches are not addressing health-related barriers to learning… Researchers have been examining the association between physical activity and academic achievement for almost 50 years…[research] consistently showed that physical activity had a significant positive association with students' cognitive functioning (eg, concentration and memory)…. In addition, a recent review, based on a meta-analysis of 20 experimental studies, concluded that students participating in physical activity had improved academic achievement including better concentration and attention, higher achievement tests scores, and higher math scores compared with students who did not.” Read the article.