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Winter Walk to School Day is on Feb. 7

More than 60 Minnesota schools and hundreds of students are expected to participate in Minnesota’s Winter Walk to School Day on Wednesday, Feb. 7.


The annual event, sponsored by Minnesota Safe Routes to School, encourages students and parents to celebrate the fun of walking while increasing their physical activity, reducing traffic congestion around schools, and practicing pedestrian and bicycle safety skills.


Motorists can help keep kids safe by stopping for people crossing at every corner, even those without marked crosswalks or stop lights, especially during school arrival and dismissal times. When driving through a school zone, slow down, scan the road for people walking and be alert for students.


Winter Walk to School Day also encourages parents and community members to consider the walkability and bikeability of their neighborhoods because children walk and bike to other community destinations like playgrounds, libraries, parks and more. Keeping sidewalks clear of snow and ice, especially at corners, helps make communities safer and more accessible to children and families going for a walk.


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