More than 70 Minnesota schools and hundreds of students are expected to participate in Minnesota’s Winter Walk to School Day Wednesday, Feb. 5. The annual event sponsored by Minnesota Safe Routes to School encourages students and parents to increase their physical activity, reduce traffic congestion and practice pedestrian and bicycle safety.

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

Schools are invited to submit stories and photos of their event to compete for the Golden Snow Boot Award. Submit your stories to the SRTS office by Feb. 12.

Winter Walk to School Day also encourages parents and community members to begin thinking about the walkability and bikeability of their neighborhoods, because children walk to community destinations like playgrounds, libraries, parks and more during winter months.

 

Keeping sidewalks clear of snow and ice, especially at corners, helps make communities safer and more accessible.