The Minnesota Walk! Bike! Fun! Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Curriculum helps children ages 5 to 13 develop lifelong skills through fun classroom activities and on-foot and on-bike skills practice. Students learn traffic rules and regulations, the potential hazards to traveling and skills needed to bike and walk appropriately and safely through their community. The curriculum is intended to be used by educators and meets Minnesota education standards. It was developed by the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota through a Federal Safe Routes to School grant provided by MnDOT and in collaboration with the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota.
2014-2015 was the first full academic year of Walk! Bike! Fun! teacher trainings and education support. Check out the evaluation summary for survey results and impact data collected throughout the year.
The Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota offers free technical assistance for schools and youth organizations who want help starting a program using the Walk! Bike! Fun! curriculum. Answer a few short questions identifying specific needs in the request form.
Visit the BikeMN education website to learn more about teacher training.
Bike fleets are a set of bicycles purchased for a school or school district to be used for student events. Bike fleets are used by students to promote healthy and active living, teach skills in bicycling safety and encourage biking to school. Bike fleets can be used for a variety of events and activities, including class bike rides, bike clubs, class field trips, in-class biking instruction, bicycle rodeos and integrated Safe Routes to School educational events with classroom teachers. In the past, MnDOT has funded bike fleets through a grant solicitation process. To find out more, visit the MnDOT Safe Routes to School Bike Fleet Solicitation Page.
The Minnesota Safe Routes to School Handbook (PDF) is a resource for getting started with creating and implementing a Safe Routes to School plan. It provides information on the benefits of Safe Routes to School, assembling a Safe Routes to School team, assessing local sidewalks and roadways, examining policies, determining goals, identifying action steps, tracking progress, and more. The handbook was developed in partnership between the Minnesota Department of Health, the Minnesota Safe Routes to School Network, and the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Learn more about what MDH’s Statewide Health Improvement Partnership is doing around the state to promote Safe Routes to School and other initiatives to improve public health.
The Minnesota Safe Routes to School brand is a community asset and can be used by anyone for their local Safe Routes to School programs.
Looking for materials to support Safe Routes to School events or programs at a local school? Download and customize the following:
Adobe InDesign versions of the above templates are also available by request. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or requests.
MnDOT welcomes feedback on these resources, as well as ideas for new ones.