Nationwide, injury to pedestrians is the second-leading cause of unintentional injury and related death among children age 5 to 14 years old. Studies also show that there may be a great risk for children who ride their bicycles to school. Last year, 22 percent of bicyclists killed were between 10 and 14 years of age. These statistics can be frightening, but if parents educate children about safety on the way to school, these risks can be significantly reduced.
Walking to School
- Spend time walking with your children and observe how they deal with traffic.
- Choose the route to school or the bus stop that is the safest for your child. Take the same route every day and avoid short cuts.
- Remind your children to demonstrate proper pedestrian behavior. It is extremely important for them to look left-right-left, and always walk facing traffic if no sidewalk is available.
- Provide your children with bright clothing so motorists can easily see them.
Riding on a Bus to School
If possible, an adult should be close to the bus stop at all times, and children should be remember the rules of the road:
- Stay out of the street and avoid horseplay while waiting for the bus.
- Walk immediately onto the sidewalk and out of traffic after getting off the bus.
- Finally, never cross the street behind a school bus.
Riding a Bicycle to School
- Ride with traffic.
- Wear bright clothes or reflective safety gear.