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Get outside and be safe: Winter Walk to School Day is Feb. 1

Minnesota Safe Routes to School’s sixth-annual Winter Walk to School Day is Feb. 1. It’s a celebration of walking, biking and playing in the coldest and snowiest days of winter. 

The idea is simple: go for a walk for at least 15 minutes and don’t let the cold scare you off. Celebrations can start small by simply promoting walking with kids, a classroom taking a walk together, or encouraging more kids to try walking to school.

Here are some tips and strategies for encouraging safe walking to school during the winter months:

  1. Dress appropriately: Remind students to dress in layers, with a warm coat, hat, gloves, and boots.
  2. Walk on the sidewalk: When possible, students should walk on the sidewalk rather than the road. If there is no sidewalk, students should walk facing traffic for visibility and as far to the side of the road as possible.
  3. Use crosswalks: Students should use designated crosswalks when crossing the road to improve visibility for drivers and remind students to look both ways before crossing.
  4. Stay visible: Encourage students to wear bright or reflective clothing, or to use reflective gear such as a reflector on their backpack or shoes.
  5. Make a plan: Help students to plan their route to school in advance, and to let a parent or guardian know their route.
  6. Buddy up: Make the trip more fun, encourage students to walk with a friend or group for added safety and visibility.
  7. Celebrate successes: Motivate and celebrate students who choose to walk to school and recognize the benefits of active transportation such as improved health, reduced traffic congestion and a positive impact on the environment.
Group of kids walking in the winter in the snow to school.

Minnesota Safe Routes to School’s sixth-annual Winter Walk to School Day is Feb. 1.

Help your school win the “Golden Snow Boot” Award! During each Winter Walk to School Day, our MnSRTS team asks participating schools to submit stories and photos of their event to compete for the Golden Snow Boot Award. Submit your stories and photos to by Feb. 17 to enter.

See some sample messaging below or check out all the Winter Walk to School Day resources on the recently updated SRTS Resource Center. We’ve got social media posts, flyers, postcards, frequent walker punch cards and sticker templates for you to use!

Register here by Jan. 20 and we’ll support your efforts with materials and incentives to get your school moving.

Five Winter Walking Sample Social Media posts

  • Don't let the winter blues get you down. Embrace the colder months by going for a stroll in the snow. The natural beauty of the winter landscape is sure to lift your spirits. #winterwalking #saferoutestoschool #MnSRTS
  • Looking for a fun and healthy way to spend to change up your commute to school? Go for a winter walk! It's a great way to explore your local neighborhood or take in the stunning scenery of nearby parks and trails. #winterwalking #saferoutestoschool #MnSRTS
  • The benefits of walking are endless, and they don't have to stop just because it's winter! Bundle up and get moving – your mind and body will thank you. #winterwalking #healthylifestyle #saferoutestoschool #MnSRTS
  • There's nothing quite like the fresh, crisp air of a winter walk to clear your mind and boost your mood. So, bundle up and take a walk – your winter walk to school adventure awaits! #winterwalking #adventuretime #saferoutestoschool #MnSRTS
  • With the colder weather, it can be tempting to stay inside. But don't let the chill keep you from getting some exercise! If you're able, try walking or biking to school during the winter months. Not only will you stay active, you'll also help reduce your impact on the environment. #winterwalking #MnSRTS

Walk! Bike! Fun! Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Curriculum

Pedestrian and Bicycle safety Educator training is provided in two parts for teachers and community members.

Part one is a 2- to 3-hour online, self-paced training about Safe Routes to School, equity and justice, an overview of the curriculum and a deep dive into rules of the road. This training also includes videos, quizzes, discussion questions and time for reflection.

Part two is an in-person, on-bike training lasting approximately 5 hours, to have teachers and educators teach and practice activities from the curriculum that students will experience.

Host a part two in-person training!

Interested communities will need to submit an application expressing interest that as a host you will help coordinate with the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota a successful date, assist in locating a suitable facility for the training, and help coordinate logistics for set-up. Hosts identify and invite stakeholders to the training and may be identified as follow-up contacts. 

Learn more about the Walk! Bike! Fun! curriculum and download it for free.

SRTS in the news:

Bicycle Friendly Community Awards Announced for 2022!

Thief River Falls is Minnesota’s newest community to be recognized as a Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) by the League of American Bicyclists (LAB). Minnesota, the fifth most bicycle-friendly state in the U.S., now boasts 34 BFCs. Walker and Richfield advanced from a bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community award to a silver-level award.

Bicycle Friendly Community awards recognize these communities’ commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies. 

Congratulations also go to the cities of Marshall, Edina and Battle Lake, who all renewed their bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community Status.

Upcoming events:

Feb. 1, 2023 – Winter Walk to School Day

Feb. 2, 10-11 a.m. – MN SRTS Network Call

May 3, 2023 - Bike to School Day  


Order free MN Bike Maps and MN Bicycle Handbooks for your organization’s events!

Walk! Bike! Fun! curriculum, bike fleet trailer request and future training opportunities.

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