Pedestrian and Cyclist Safety

Pedestrian and Cyclist Safety

Overview

Walk safely to school

  • Always cross the street at a cross walk, preferable at an intersection controlled by a traffic light or stop sign.
  • Make eye contact with drivers as you are crossing to make sure they see you.
  • Always look left, right and left again before crossing the street.
  • Cross when the street is clear; do not enter a crosswalk until all traffic has stopped.
  • Keep looking both ways while crossing. Walk, don’t run.
  • Always use a sidewalk if available.
  • Walk on the side of the street so the traffic nearest you is coming toward you.
  • Carry a flashlight at night, dawn and dusk. Wear reflective materials or add reflective tape to backpacks and shoes.

Bike safely to school

  • Learn the rules of the road, and obey all traffic laws.
    • Ride on the right side of the road, with traffic, not against. Stay as far to the right as possible.
    • Use appropriate hand signals.
    • Respect traffic signals, stopping at all stop signs and stop lights.
    • Stop and look left, right and left again before entering a street or crossing an intersection. Look back and yield to traffic coming from behind before turning left.
    • Always wear a helmet.
    • Use bike lanes, if available.
  • Be Predictable.
    • Ride in a straight line, not in and out of cars. Signal your moves to others.
    • Carry a flashlight at night, dawn and dusk. Wear reflective materials or add reflective tape to backpacks and shoes.
  • Stay Alert at All Times.
    • Watch out for potholes, cracks, wet leaves, storm grates, railroad tracks, or anything that could make you lose control of your bike.
    • Use your eyes AND ears. You need your ears to hear traffic and avoid dangerous situations; don’t wear a headset when you ride.
  • Watch for Parked Cars.
    • Ride far enough out from the curb to avoid the unexpected from parked cars (like doors opening, or cars pulling out).

Drive safely

Drivers, too, need to exercise extreme caution around our schools.

Please review the following safety tips:

  • Scan the road and the sides of the road ahead for potential pedestrians.
  • Before making a turn, look in all directions for pedestrians crossing.
  • Do not use your cell phone while driving.
  • Look carefully behind your vehicle for approaching pedestrians before backing-up, especially small children.
  • Never pass/overtake a vehicle that is stopped for pedestrians.
  • Obey speed limits and come to a complete stop at STOP signs.
  • Use extra caution when driving near children playing along the street or older pedestrians who may not see or hear you.
  • Always be prepared to stop for pedestrians.