posted Oct 17, 2016, 1:51 PM by Rebekah Folsom
As the days get darker and the weather gets nastier, now is a perfect time to review safety guidelines with your children for getting to and from school safely. Whether your children walk, bike, ride Trimet, or ride in a car, a little planning and preparation can go a long way towards making the trip safe, convenient and fun. Please practice and discuss these tips as a family and be a good example by always practicing how to travel safely and responsibly.
- Check your route to and from school. Choose streets with low traffic volumes, slow speeds, few intersections, bicycle lanes, and sidewalks.
- It is best to cross streets at the corner or marked crosswalks (even better - ones with flashing crosswalk signs!) Before crossing, 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. It's best to make eye contact with the driver so you know they see you.
- If there are no sidewalks, walk on the shoulder or close to the edge of the road facing traffic so you can see approaching cars.
- Walking with friends provides safety in numbers.
- Stay alert, keep your eyes and ears open! Walk and ride predictably in a straight line and be visible with light or reflective clothing on darker or rainy days.
- If you ride a bike, always wear a helmet that is properly fitted and fastened and follow all traffic laws!