Walk and Bike Safety Education for K-8 Students
In 2023, the State of Minnesota mandated that all students in public schools must receive age-appropriate education related to safe walking and bicycling during the first few weeks of school. This legislation is similar to the law that requires students to receive bus safety education at the beginning of each school year. MnDOT is here to help you roll out this education in your school or district.
There’s a lot of information in the legislation that required this training, but the most important highlights are:
- Students in grades K-3 must receive pedestrian safety education including crossing roads.
- Students in grades 4-8 must receive pedestrian safety education including crossing roads using the searching left-right-left for vehicles in traffic technique; as well as bicycle safety, including relevant traffic laws, use and proper fit of protective headgear, bicycle parts and safety features, and safe biking techniques.
- In most cases, students must receive this education by the end of the third week of school.
- Non-public schools may provide this education but are not required to do so.