Safe Routes to School

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).

SAFETY TIPS

FOR WALKING

FOR ROLLING

  • 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.

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