Samuel Jackman Middle School
Club Live Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Newsletter
The Sacramento County Office of Education, Prevention & Early Intervention Department, in collaboration with the Safety Center, and law enforcement agencies, have joined together for the fourth consecutive year to implement a countywide project to increase pedestrian and bicyclist safety for middle school students.
Middle school students are at particularly high risk of being involved in pedestrian and bicycle crashes that result in injury or fatality. According to the National Highway Transportation Administration (NHTSA) statistics, in 2016 over one-fifth (20 percent) of children 14 and younger killed in traffic crashes were pedestrians. The 8 to 12 age group represented the highest percentage (30 percent) of child pedestrian fatalities. For child bicyclists fatalities, 32 percent were in the 8 to 12 age group and 42 percent were 12 to 14 years old.
On November 1, 2018, Club Live students at Samuel Jackman Middle School conducted an observational survey to assess bicycle helmet usage rates and pedestrian safety in and around their school zone. Students observed 13 bicyclists and 570 pedestrians using the crosswalk on Bamford and Kentwal Dr. to arrive to campus. 5.1% of pedestrians crossed outside of the crosswalk and only 7.7% of bicyclists were wearing a helmet. There were also students who had no helmet present. Based on these observations, Club Live will be focusing on the importance of using the crosswalk and helmet safety throughout the school year.
The Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety project was designed to create a culture of traffic safety in our community and develop attitudes that support lifelong traffic safety values, encouraging students to make safe decisions when they become teen drivers. The program includes classroom education, bicycle rodeos, community events, presentations and workshops, and providing bicycle helmets, including proper use and fitting, for students and families in need.