This is Minnesota, the land of snowmobiling, ice fishing, hockey, cross-country skiing and fat biking – why wouldn’t we throw a Walk and Bike to School Day party in the middle of the winter? The 10th anniversary of Winter Walk Day is February 1, 2017 and this year Minnesota is in for the celebration.
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 or include the entire school – just do something! Winter Walk Day in 2016, Minneapolis Public Schools partnered with the Winter Cycling Congress to celebrate a group ride with community members and international guests. What opportunities for winter celebrations can you think of in your community?
Click here to get registered for Minnesota’s Winter Walk and Bike to School Day and we’ll support your efforts with materials and incentives to get your school moving.
While you prepare to market and execute a successful event at your school, consider using many of the pre-made tools that MnSRTS has provided to reach out to parents, teachers and community members by email, enews, social media and posters/flyers.
Winter has arrived, but that doesn’t mean an end to children walking to school. With the right preparation, walking to school in the winter can be fun and enjoyable! Follow these six helpful tips to encourage students to continue walking to school all winter long: