Walking and bicycling to school allow children to expend energy and keep fit. Safe Routes to School increases the number of students who walk and bike, while strengthening community relationships and neighborhood safety. Through a web of support involving parents, community organizations, the City of Minneapolis and schools, safe routes are established and maintained in a variety of ways to fit each communitys needs.
The report Safe Routes Efforts in Minneapolis Public Schools (see below) describes walk and bike-to-school programming in three MPS schools: Nellie Stone Johnson Community School, Seward Montessori School and Lyndale Community School. Sidebars in the report also mention efforts at Burroughs, Armatage and Waite Park. The report examines successes, challenges and next steps and is a great read for those looking to start or expand Safe Routes activities.
The City of Minneapolis and Minneapolis Public Schools have developed a Safe Routes to School Strategic Plan. The report Minneapolis Safe Routes to School Helping Minneapolis Youth Be Lean and Green (see below) generated recommendations for increasing biking and walking to school and established a strong foundation for City and District collaboration.