Thousands expected to participate in Minnesota’s Walk and Bike to School Day event Wednesday

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Drivers will need to be more vigilant Wednesday on their morning commute, as the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) celebrates Walk and Bike to School Day.

Thousands of students across the state are expected to participate in the initiative, which has a goal of highlighting the importance of safe and active travel.

The event gets children off the bus and physically moving to help create healthy habits. It’s not just about health, but also about safety.

The program raises awareness about pedestrian priority areas around school campuses.

“These are lifelong habits that people can really benefit from, practicing on and learning in a safe setting, so we encourage them to do that,” said Joseph Palmershiem, a MnDOT public affairs specialist.

Families that may live too far to walk or bike the entire way can still participate.

Many districts are hosting drop off points within a half mile of schools, where volunteers will be ready to walk the rest of the way with those kids.

CLICK HERE for a list of schools participating in the event.