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Walk and Bike to Anywhere Week Is Oct. 5-9

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October 5-9 is Walk to Anywhere Week in Minnesota, and SPPS is celebrating it as Walk and Bike to Anywhere Week. It’s time to get out, be active, and enjoy the fall colors!

See below for some suggested walking and biking activities you could share with students and families this week - or consider some of these activities for you and your own family. Pick the activities that look the most fun for you! For more ideas and to register for the event, visit walkbiketoschool.org.

Monday, October 5: Play walk/bike bingo

Get out and see if you can fill up a bingo card by finding things your walk or ride! Choose from three themes: Places to GoThings to Do, or Things to Find.

Tuesday, October 6: Walk and bike mindfully

Exercise is a great way to help keep your body AND your mind healthy. Today, focus on your mental wellbeing and try a mindful walk. Mindfulness practice can help kids (or anyone) deal with stress and manage their behavior. Check out these mindful walking tips from 1000 petals (a St. Paul-based company that works with SPPS schools).

Wednesday, October 7: Take a photo of your walk

Capture the beauty of the fall colors and snap a photo of your walk. Enter your photo into the Minnesota Safe Routes to School (MnSRTS) photo contest by posting on the MnSRTS Facebook page, with #mnwalks. 

Thursday, October 8: Find art in your neighborhood

Art is everywhere! What can you find as you walk or bike in your neighborhood? You can take a public sculpture tour or look for sidewalk poetry – or simply notice what art you can find at nearby parks, businesses and homes. When you get home, create your own art to display on your sidewalk or windows for your neighbors to enjoy.

Friday, October 9: Take an alphabet nature walk

Take a walk or a bike ride in a natural area, or appreciate the nature you can find on your own block. See if you can find something for each letter of the alphabet on this English/Spanish grid developed by the South St. Paul Public Schools.

Tracking your walking and biking throughout the week

You can use this tracker (available in Word and PDF) to keep track of how much walking and biking you do this week.

Walk and Bike Safely

Watch short videos to remind kids how to walk and bike safely:

  • Walking safely: The City of St. Paul made a fun video for kids about safely crossing streets featuring Nordy and Mudonna (mascots for the Minnesota Wild and the Saint Paul Saints). This Willy Whistle video is also great for younger kids!
  • Biking safely: Watch this short video from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Stay 6’ away from others

Don’t forget to stay 6’ from people outside of your household when you walk and ride to maintain social distancing. Wear a mask if you think you may cross paths with people outside your household on your walk or ride.