Wednesday is National Bike to School Day

Goal is to encourage physical activity and neighborhood connection

Morning News
May 09, 2018 - 5:01 am

(WCCO Radio) -- Rain or shine, it's ‘National Bike to School Day’ and dozens of schools are taking part.

“You pull out your rain coat, you pull out your umbrella and you wear something bright so that people that are around you driving can see you in crosswalks,” state ‘Safe Routes to School’ coordinator Dave Cowan said.

Cowan says biking or walking to school used to be much more common in the state.

“In 1969 about 48 percent of students were walking and biking and that’s all the way down to 13 percent,” he said. “We’ve seen almost a 4-times reduction in students that walk and bike and Bike to School Day is a really great way to get kids out, riding bikes and remembering what it’s like.”

Even with the threat of rain Wednesday, officials are expecting a solid turnout. Wenonah Elementary School in Minneapolis, for instance, is planning a parent-led bike train that will also stop at Keewaydin. The goal is to encourage physical activity, safety and neighborhood connection.

‘National Walk to School Day’ is Oct. 10.