A variety of Northland schools will be taking part in the annual Minnesota Walk and Bike To School Day - happening this year on Wednesday, October 2.  The Minnesota Department of Transportation works to coordinate the efforts of families, schools, and communities.

The date is set aside, with the hopes that school staff and students will ditch their usual means of transportation to school (i.e. school bus, private vehicle) and instead use a bicycle or their legs and feet to get there.  Walk and Bike To School Day encourages an increase in physical activity, provides a chance to practice pedestrian safety, reduces traffic congestion, and strengthens connections between community members.  Locations are determined by participating schools who designate a space within a half-mile of the school and volunteers who help supervise the walk and assist with crossing streets.

In addition, community leaders and participants can provide feedback on the "walk-bility" of their neighborhood.   Suggestions from past events have been incorporated into city planning.