Thousands of Minnesota students will participate in International Walk to School Day on Wednesday, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
The annual event, sponsored by Minnesota Safe Routes to School, encourages students and parents to increase physical activity and practice safe walking and bicycling activities. The event also hopes to make walking and bicycling more visible in communities, reduce traffic congestion, and strengthen connections between families and schools.
Dave Cowan, MnDOT Safe Routes to School coordinator, noted that more than 90 Minnesota schools have registered Walk to School Day events so far. Schools can still register events, and additional materials are available online to support safe walking and bicycling activities all year long.
Walk to School Day also encourages parents and community members to begin thinking about the walkability in their neighborhoods, because children often walk to other community destinations like playgrounds, libraries, pools and more.