Safe Walking Routes

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Tips for walking safely to school

Walking is fun, but you need to be safe while doing it. Follow these tips to make sure you get to and from school without any problems.

Walk Together

Younger children should always walk with an adult. Tell your parents that walking is great exercise and a nice way to spend time together.

If your parent say that you can walk to school on your own, remember these tips:

  • Walk with friends when possible.

  • Ask you parents to help you pick a safe route to school; one that avoids dangers.

  • Stick the route you picked with your parents. Don't let friends talk you into shortcuts that are more dangerous.

  • When you are near the street, don't push, shove, or chase each other.

  • Never hitchhike or take rides from people not arranged by your parents.

  • Talk to your parents and teacher about any bullying that may happen during your walk.

Be seen

remember, drivers may not be able to see you well. Always wear bright-colored clothes and if it is dark or hard to see, carry flashlights or wear reflective gear.

Look for traffic

Walk facing traffic and watch out for cars and trucks at every driveway and intersection on your walk to school. Look for drivers in parked cars. They may be getting ready to move. Make sure drivers see you before crossing in front of them.

Cross the street safely

  1. Cross at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks whenever possible.

  2. Stop at the curb or edge of the street

  3. Look left, right, left again, behind and in front of you for traffic.

  4. Wait until no traffic is coming and begin crossing.

  5. Walk, don't run across the street.

Obey traffic signs, signals and adult school crossing guards