Biker and Walker Safety

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.
  1. Check your route to and from school. Choose streets with low traffic volumes, slow speeds, few intersections, bicycle lanes, and sidewalks.
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Walking with friends provides safety in numbers.
  6. 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.
  7. If you ride a bike, always wear a helmet that is properly fitted and fastened and follow all traffic laws!
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