Walk or Bike to School on October 2

Walk or Bike to School on October 2
Posted on 09/24/2019
Student riding a bike

On Wednesday, October 2, join the community by walking or biking to school. Communities celebrate the annual event for a variety of reasons, but safety is always at the core.

Walking and biking encourages physical activity, and increases awareness of how walkable and bikeable a community is, which in turn shines a light on where improvements can be made. These activities also promote concern for the environment by helping to reduce traffic congestion.

The community is encouraged to check with their local school to see if any special events are planned to recognize the occasion. Additionally, the following pedestrian safety tips are important to be shared with students:

  • Teach kids at an early age to look left, right, and left again before crossing the street. Then remind them to continue looking around until they have fully, safely crossed the street.
  • Teach kids to put phones, headphones, and devices down when crossing the street. It is particularly important to reinforce the message with teenagers.
  • It’s always best to walk on sidewalks or paths and cross at street corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.
  • Teach kids to make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street.
  • Children under 10 need to cross the street with an adult. Every child is different, but developmentally, most kids are unable to judge the speed and distance of oncoming cars until age 10.
  • Encourage kids to be especially alert for cars that are turning or backing up.
  • Teach kids not to run or dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.
  • If kids are walking when it’s dark outside, teach them to be especially alert and make sure they are visible to drivers. Have them wear light or brightly-colored clothing and reflective gear.

 

 

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