More than 200 Minnesota schools and thousands of students will participate in International Walk and Bike to School Day on Wednesday, including Appleton Elementary and Morris Area High School. The annual event, sponsored by Minnesota Safe Routes to School, encourages students and parents to get outside, increase their physical activity, practice pedestrian and bicycle safety, reduce traffic congestion and strengthen connections between families, schools and communities while walking and biking to school.

The event is an opportunity for families with children who typically ride a school bus, and who live in areas with bike friendly paths to school, to walk and bike to school. Walk to School Day also encourages parents and community members to begin thinking about the walkability and bikeability of their neighborhoods.

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