Education means teaching children about the broad range of transportation choices, instructing them in important lifelong bicycling and walking safety skills and launching driver safety campaigns in the vicinity of schools.
Education is a key component of comprehensive SRTS programs. You may choose to focus on teaching students to safely and confidently walk and bicycle, educating parents on the health benefits of active transportation, or developing walk and bike to school route maps. You can develop a program based on a model from the Education Program Matrix (PDF, 331 KB) or create your own.
Common Minnesota education programs include:
- Bike rodeos led by local police and fire departments and schools. They are held across the state at community events.
- Walk! Bike! Fun! has been used in the classroom, after school programs and as part of community education programs.
- SRTS education is common in classrooms across the state. Examples of education programs include students mapping their own walking routes as a class project and teachers using bicycles to teach physics lessons.
- Earn a bike programs and bike mechanic skills are also taught in after school bike clubs and community education programs across the state. Many schools partner with a local bicycling education organization or a League Cycling Instructor.