The purpose of Safe Routes to School is to encourage and enable students in grades K-8 to walk or ride their bicycle to school. Projects can be either engineering (improved crossings, sidewalks, etc.) or non-engineering (education and encouragement programs).
- Walk on a sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk, walk on the left side of the street, facing oncoming traffic.
- Always cross the street at a corner or at a crosswalk and obey traffic signals; cross with a crossing guard if there is one.
- Look left, then right, then left again before crossing the street. Continue looking both ways while you cross.
- Make eye contact with the driver when crossing each lane.
- Do not walk between parked cars.
- Walk with a friend when possible.
- Always wear a properly fitted helmet.
- Make sure your bike is in good working condition; air in tires, reflectors are secure and brakes work properly.
- Wear brightly-colored clothing, or clothing with reflective material, to be more visible.
- For riders under 12 years old, ride on the sidewalk and walk bike across the street.
- If there are no sidewalks, ride to the right side of the road, in a straight line, but far enough from parked cars to avoid any car doors that open.
- Follow all traffic signs, signals, and lane markings.
- Keep both hands on the handlebars, except when signaling.