04/24/09

Bike Walk Ambassadors and Safe Routes to School: Partner Bike/Walk Education Event at Seward MontessoriBike Walk Ambassadors and Safe Routes to School: Partner Bike/Walk Education Event at Seward Montessori

The Bike Walk Ambassadors wrapped up their first year in March. During the program’s first year, they participated in or organized 143 activities, meetings, events, or presentations and spent over 5,400 hours in direct education, safety training, and presentations. Almost 30 percent of their efforts focused on outreach to communities of color and immigrant communities.

A recent Ambassador event was held at the Seward Montessori School in South Minneapolis. Two Seward parents applied for a City of Minneapolis Safe Routes to School mini grant and identified the partners to pull off a fantastic week-long event in the students’ gym classes. Over 450 first through fifth grade students participated in helmet fittings, a brain injury simulation, safety talks with the Minneapolis Police Department, ABC quick checks, and a short bike rodeo.

The event was a strong community-based effort that featured partnerships with the Bike Walk Ambassador program, volunteer Bike Walk Ambassadors, Seward parents, AAA, the Minneapolis Police Department, and Hennepin County Medical Center.

To host an event that targets bicycle and pedestrian safety at your favorite school, request an Ambassador at www.bikewalktwincities.org. To get involved with and volunteer for pedestrian and bike education, become a volunteer ambassador. Give the Bike Walk Ambassadors office a call at 612-333-3410.

The Ambassador program is an educational and outreach program of the City of Minneapolis, which, in partnership with the Bike Walk Twin Cities initiative, encourages people in Minneapolis and 13 neighboring communities to bike and walk more and drive less.