If your child walks to school, walk the route together ahead of time. Point out landmarks on the way.
Teach them to wait for traffic lights and the crossing guard, walk rather than run, and cross in crosswalks. If your child rides the bus, talk about crossing in front of the bus only after the driver tells them it is OK.
It is important to teach and practice safe pedestrian skills with our children as well as provide responsible adult supervision as they travel to and from school. To encourage safety and improve your trip to and from school please follow these recommendations.
Be safe! Be seen! Brightly colored clothing makes it easier for drivers to see you during the daytime. But at night, you need to have a flashlight or wear special reflective material on your shoes, cap, or jacket that bounces the car's lights off you and back to the driver.
Walk on the sidewalk or a walking path. When there is no sidewalk and you have to walk on the road, be sure to walk facing traffic.
Always walk when crossing, the street, never run across the street to catch a ball or chase a toy, a friend, or a pet.
Darting out in front of a parked car is dangerous. The driver of the car coming down the street can't see you.
Cross at corners and use crosswalks whenever possible; always stay within the lines of the crosswalk.
Use intersections with signals and pedestrian buttons whenever possible.
Never go for a walk with a stranger. Only walk with someone who your parents say is okay.
Know what the different signs and signals mean and always follow them.
Be careful around parked cars; stop, look left, look right, and look left again before stepping out from between parked cars.