Wednesday, October 2 is International Walk and Bike to School Day and the Minnesota Department of Transportation encourages families across the state to participate.

The annual event is sponsored by Minnesota Safe Routes to School and it encourages students and parents to increase their physical activity, practice pedestrian and bicycle safety, reduce traffic congestion and strengthen connections between families, schools and communities.

“Walking and bicycling safely is a critical life skill and Walk to School Day encourages students to use this knowledge throughout their lives,” said Dave Cowan, MnDOT Safe Routes to School coordinator. “Students and families can use their Walk to School Day event as an opportunity to get some fresh air while reaping the benefits of increased physical activity, reduced traffic congestion and arriving at school ready to learn.”

For families who normally ride the bus or drive to school, this can provide an opportunity to explore the ability to walk or bike to school with other members of the community.

Participants can also participate in a Walk To School Day photo contest.  Click here for the fun details.