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Updated April 2019

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Local Coordinator Grant Solicitation Now Open through April 26!

Bike to School Day is May 8 - Don't forget to register!

This May 8th, thousands of students, families, community partners and elected officials will celebrate Bike to School Day, a national event that encourages bicycling (or walking) to school. Students reap the health, community and academic benefits of a little bit of exercise before school while having fun riding bicycles with their peers.

Register your school early to receive a toolkit from Minnesota Safe Routes to School to help make your event a success.

Free marketing materials are available to use at your school to make planning easier, including social media messages, posters, and more.

statewide poster contest asking students "how does it feel to ride a bicycle" is available to help all students participate in Bike to School Day. Thanks to a partnership with Quality Bicycle Products and Dero Bike Racks, MNSRTS will be giving bike-themed prizes to winning submissions.

National Safe Routes Census

The Safe Routes to School National Partnership is asking for your help and participation in the Safe Routes to School Program Census. This survey will help advocates and practitioners track trends, progress and provide targeted support and resources to local communities working to advance walking and biking to school.

Save the Date – SRTS Statewide Meet-Up

There is still time to register for the Statewide SRTS training on May 21. A full agenda is available on the website. This event will provide time to learn about SRTS resources, innovative strategies, and meet colleagues working across the state. MnDOT, MDH, and Center for Prevention at Blue Cross is hosting the event. 

Early Bird Registration - National SRTS Conference

Early bird registration for the 2019 Safe Routes to School Conference is now open! Discounted registration rates are available through June 30. Start making your plans now to attend the conference in Tampa, FL, November 12-14. Join hundreds of Safe Routes to School and active transportation professionals to exchange ideas and share knowledge in a culturally vibrant city that is best explored by foot, bike, and public transportation. Minnesota had a strong contingent at the last conference, and we hope to see many of you there this year! Register here.

Visit www.saferoutesconference.org to meet the plenary speakers, and stay tuned for program information coming soon.

Reminder: Nominations for the Hubsmith Safe Routes Champion Award are due April 30.

Upcoming Events

April 11, 10-11:00 a.m. – MN SRTS Network Call

Share and learn with whose working on SRTS from across Minnesota.

To join the Minnesota Safe Routes to School Network, email center.communications@bluecrossmn.com

April 28 – Local SRTS Coordinator application due

May 8 – National Bike to School Day

May 21 – SRTS Statewide Meet-Up

Winter Walk to School Day is Feb. 6 - Don’t forget to register!

In Minnesota, when the weather outside is frightful, we put on our hats, gloves, jackets and get ready to have some fun. Minnesota Safe Routes to School’s third annual Winter Walk to School Day is Feb. 6 and it’s,a celebration of walking, biking and playing in the coldest and snowiest days of winter. 
Help your school win the “Golden Snow Boot” award! Each Winter Walk to School Day Minnesota Safe Routes to School asks participating schools to submit stories and photos of their event to compete for the Golden Snow Boot Award.  Submit your stories to dave.cowan@state.mn.us  by Feb. 9, 2019 to be entered.
Winter Walk to School Day celebrations can start small or include the entire school – just do something! See some sample messaging below or check out all the Winter Walk to School day resources on the recently updated Safe Routes to School Resource Center.
Register here by Jan. 31, 2019, and we’ll support your efforts with materials and incentives to get your school moving.
Winter Walk to School Day Toolkit
Instructions for Winter Walk Day Toolkit (Word)
Social Media Image #1 (JPG)
Social Media Image #2 (JPG)
Social Media Image #3 (JPG)
Social Media Image #4 (JPG)
Parent Flyers (PPT)
School Flyers (PPT)
Winter Walk Day Sample Text (Word)
Walk Zone Poster/Flyer (PPT)

Save the Date – SRTS Statewide Meet-Up

Mark your calendars for May 21, to attend a Statewide Safe Routes to School Meet-up.  This event will provide time to learn about SRTS resources, innovative strategies,and meet fellow colleagues working across the state.  This event will be hosted by MnDOT, MDH and Center for Prevention at Blue Cross.  More details and registration will be out soon!

Safe Routes to School Academy Applications – Now Open

Whether you are just launching SRTS or trying or need help energizing an existing SRTS team, consider applying for a SRTS Academy workshop! These workshops are tailored to fit your needs and offered to interested communities on an ongoing basis. The workshop is taught by a combination of SRTS practitioners from MDH, MnDOT and Blue Cross and provide a customized approach to advancing SRTS in your community.
At a SRTS workshop, local, county and regional staff, along with advocates, learn how to plan and support SRTS efforts to create a state where all students can walk and bicycle on routes that are safe, comfortable and convenient.  Participants will designate which training module will be most applicable to their community’s SRTS goals. Target audiences include engineers, law enforcement, planners, public health practitioners, school administrators, elected officials, students, parents and advocates.
Safe Routes Academy will offer a limited number ofSRTS workshops in Minnesota through rolling applications and will be reviewed regularly.  Please complete an application and we will contact you shortly to begin planning a workshop!

Walk! Bike! Fun! Training Site Applications – Due Dec. 31!

Apply to host a Walk! Bike! Fun! Curriculum training this spring or fall to help implement walking and biking education into your school or youth programs. Teachers who attend the training receive Continuing Education Units and their school district may receive reimbursement for substitute teacher pay.
If you would like to host an educator's training in the spring, the deadline for application submission is Dec. 31.
If you would like to host an educator's training in the fall, the deadline for application submission is June 30.

Planning and Infrastructure Grants are Due Soon!

Remember applications for Planning Assistance Grants and Infrastructure Grants for Safe Routes to School are due Jan. 4, 2019. 

SRTS MN Network Calls

Please mark your calendars for the second Thursday of every month from 10 to 11 a.m. to join the Minnesota SRTS network calls. These webinars are a great way to learn about new grants and resources or find other SRTS staff to connect with across the state.  
Previous Recordings and additional information available on the Resource Center.  

Request a Walk! Bike! Fun! Ambassador Kit

Get a free kit to help you implement the curriculum or host a bike rodeo.  Fill out the application online: https://www.dot.state.mn.us/mnsaferoutes/wbf-application.html

More about MnSRTS

Visit: http://www.mnsaferoutestoschool.org
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