October 8 is Walk+ Bike to School Day
Be sure to mark your calendar for Wednesday October 8. It’s International Walk+Bike to School Day! Let’s see how many people we can get walking and biking to school. See our Walk+ Bike to School section for registration and planning information.
When choosing your route to school, choose streets with low traffic volumes, slow speeds, few intersections, bicycle lanes and sidewalks with no roadway construction.
- Before crossing any street at a corner, look “left-right-left” for traffic in all directions. Keep looking for cars as you cross the street. Remember, you can’t hear some cars, so keep looking!
- Before starting to cross make sure drivers see you and have stopped before starting to cross, it’s best to make eye contact with the driver, so you know they see you.
- Walking with friends provides safety in numbers. Ask if there is a Walking School Bus you can join on your route to school, or start one yourself.
- Stay alert, keep your eyes and ears open! Walk and ride predictably in a visible and straight line.
- If you ride a bike, always wear a helmet that is properly fitted and fastened! And if bike riding, review this booklet before heading out!
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