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Safe Routes to Schools

Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is an approach that promotes walking and bicycling to school. Nationally, 10%–14% of car trips during morning rush hour are for school travel. SRTS initiatives attempt to improve safety and levels of physical activity for students. 

SRTS activities can be an opportunity to try taking more trips on foot or bicycle. Choosing an active transportation mode can provide community benefits, health benefits, environmental benefits, improved test scores, and decreased traffic. 

Source: U.S. Department of Transportation

Safety Tips

Walk Safely

  • Be alert. Look left, right, and left again before crossing the street. At four-way intersections, also look over your shoulder for cars that may be turning. 
  • Don't assume drivers see you. Make eye contact - especially at intersections and driveways. 
  • Cross at corners or at a marked crosswalk. This is where drivers expect you. 
  • Follow directions from crossing guards. 

Bike Safely

  • Always wear your helmet and buckle it every time; it's the law! To best protect your brain, your helmet must fit properly: snug and level on your head, just above your eyebrows. 
  • Be predictable. Follow the same rules of the road as drivers when riding your bike. This includes obeying all stop signs and traffic signals, as well as yielding to people walking. 
  • Ride on the right hand side of the road, in the same direction as traffic. Watch out for turning cars and cars coming out of driveways. 
  • When riding on the sidewalk, ride slowly and watch out for people walking as well as cars coming out of driveways. 
  • Be alert. Watch out for drivers turning left or right, or cars coming out of driveways. Avoid doors being opened in front of you by riding out of the door zone. 

Drive & Carpool Safely

  • Slow down in school zones. The safe speed may be below the 25 mph speed limit.
  • Be aware of students walking or biking to school – use extra caution. Students think drivers can stop instantly and may not be able to judge speed or distance of vehicles moving toward them.
  • Obey “No Right Turn on Red” signs. This allows students to cross safely without cars turning through the crosswalk.
  • Yield to people walking in crosswalks.
  • Avoid making U-turns and other unsafe maneuvers.
  • Never double park. Don’t block red curbs or disabled access ramps.
  • Ensure your student gets out of your car on the curb, not near traffic.
  • Set a good example by following instructions of crossing guards.
  • Try to carpool whenever possible to help increase safety near schools.

Source: Safe Routes to School