In 1969, approximately 50% of U.S. schoolchildren bicycled or walked to school. Today, that number is fewer than 15 percent. As a result, kids today are less active, less independent and less healthy. Programs like Safe Routes to School, and Fire Up Your Feet have a wealth of information to help parents and teachers form healthier, more active and safer kids while walking or bicycling to school. Looking for a fun and easy way to get started? Consider starting a Walking School Bus or Bike Train in your neighborhood or at your school.
Pedestrian Safer Journey – Pedestrian safety education videos and resources designed specifically for kids ages 5-9, 10-14 or 15-18.
In 2010, Dakota County partnered with the Minnesota Department of Health and Independent School District (ISD) 196 to create specific Safe Routes to School plans for each of the 4 public schools in Rosemount. These plans are provided below and seek to increase walking and bicycling to school through the “Five E’s” - Education, Encouragement, Enforcement, Engineering and Evaluation.