Walking and biking to school does not necessarily mean door-to-door or even everyday. Each block and every day not driven makes a difference in reducing traffic and pollution around our school sites while helping our children be more active, creating safer, healthier communities for our kids.
STAY ALERT TO TRAFFIC USING MY EYES AND EARS by keeping my eyes on the road and not use my personal electronic equipment when walking, biking, rolling or driving in and around traffic in school zones.
CROSS STREETS SAFELY BY:• Crossing in crosswalks or at intersections;• Stopping at the edge of the street & the outside edges of parked cars & look left, right, left again, & behind me, for traffic;• Continuing to look for traffic in all directions as I’m crossing;• Be attentive & courteous to crossing guards.
ALWAYS WEAR MY HELMET PROPERLY EVERY TIME I bike, skate or scoot.
ALWAYS RIDE IN THE SAME DIRECTION AS TRAFFIC while bicycling on the road and yield to pedestrians when riding on the sidewalk (and only where it’s legal to do so).
BE EXTRA CAUTIOUS when walking, biking or rolling at night and in low-visibility conditions and I will use a flashlight or wear reflective gear or material on my clothes, shoes, backpack, helmet, and bike and use white front lights and red rear lights/reflectors on my bicycle as required by law.
AS A DRIVER, I WILL:• Keep my eyes on the road & not use electronic devices;• Abide by the posted speed limit;• Respect all stop signs & traffic signals, making complete stops & checking for pedestrians at all times;• Watch for pedestrians as I exit my driveway, especially children as they are more difficult to see;• Not make U-Turns in the school zone;• Not double park to let my child(ren) enter or exit my vehicle;• Only allow my child(ren) to enter and exit my car from the curb (passenger) side;• Not idle my engine needlessly at school sites.