The Safe Routes to School National Partnership has ranked Minnesota’s Safe Routes to School program the third best in the nation.

According to the “Making Strides: 2018 State Report Cards on Support for Walking, Bicycling and Active Kids and Communities”, 12.3-percent of K-8 students in Minnesota either walk or bike to school. The State scored 147 out of 200 points on the report card. Officials credit the ranking to the implementation of Complete Streets policies, establishing goals of lower walking and biking fatalities and an active statewide transportation plan.

Over 300 schools in Minnesota have Safe Routes to School plans and hundreds of teachers have been trained in bicycle in pedestrian safety.

Minnesota came in behind California and Washington in the rankings.