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Register Your School for Bike to School Day

If you haven't yet, today is the day to begin planning for the 5th annual Bike to School Day on Wednesday, May 4. The nationally celebrated event encourages kids to bike to school and features a variety of activities that aim to teach kids about the benefits of biking to school, tips for bike safety and most importantly, to have fun! Register your school online to be added ot the list of participating schools in Minnesota!

Last year, more than 40 schools across Minnesota participated in Bike to School Day, each of them doing their own fun promotional events.

Bike to School Day Poster Contest Deadline April 20

Pedaling a bicycle can create some of childhood’s happiest moments, and we want to capture that. This year, Minnesota Safe Routes to School is holding its first ever, Bike to School Day poster contest. Sponsored by Quality Bicycle Products and Dero, the poster contest asks participants to design an 8.5 x 11 poster that shows how they feel when they ride a bicycle. Age categories include K– 4th and 5th - 8th. Poster contest winners will receive their choice of several Dero products (including a bike rack, public bike pump, and more) for placement at their school. Contest entries must be submitted by April 20. More details available here..

MnDOT awards $2 million in Safe Routes to School Grants

More information about this can be found in the April 4th SRTS news release.

MnSRTS Resource Center

The MnSRTS Resource Center is now live. During the strategic planning process, MnDOT began work with our partners on a new statewide resource center for Safe Routes to School. Highlights from the resource center:

  • A one-stop shop for Minnesota specific resources
  • Information on getting started and local contacts for SRTS work in your area
  • New resources on funding, crossing guards, model policies, and more

View the October 2015 MnSRTS newsletter for the latest news around the state.

SRTS strategic plan

Check out the SRTS strategic plan (PDF). In the fall of 2014, MnDOT convened a diverse group of stakeholders from agencies and organizations around the state to develop a Minnesota SRTS Strategic Plan. Participants included representatives from Minnesota State departments of health, transportation, and education; city and county government; regional development commissions; public safety; traffic safety; schools and school districts; non-profits; and health organizations. Working through four interactive workshops and a series of online surveys between November 2014 and February 2015, the strategic planning participants developed a vision and value statements for the state SRTS program, and 5-year goals, strategies, and action steps. The plan includes approaches to public outreach, marketing, and education for SRTS initiatives throughout the state of Minnesota, as well as strategies for developing and implementing SRTS plans and programs.

New eligibility requirement for infrastructure grants with state funds

In 2015, new eligibility language (PDF, 90 KB) was amended to the state SRTS program under Minnesota Statutes 174.40. To receive funding for SRTS infrastructure projects, communities will need to adopt subdivision regulations that require SRTS infrastructure in developments authorized on or after June 1, 2016.