Pedestrian Safety Tips for Parents With Back-to-School Kids
also back-to-school season and parents and caregivers are urged to take
the time to teach and review important safety guidelines with children.
season is busy and be stressful for parents. Spending some time to
teach children about safety when crossing a street or riding a bicycle
to school can be one less concern on an already overloaded parent's
mind," said Barb Bailey, an injury prevention specialist with the
Colorado SAFE KIDS Coalition, which is based at the Colorado Department
of Public Health and Environment.
only need parents to tell them about safety, but they also need to be
shown how to be safe pedestrians, Bailey stressed.
to demonstrate proper pedestrian safety by being a good role model. It
does little good to teach pedestrian safety to children when they see
their parents jaywalking or racing through the school parking lot in
their car to drop off children because they're late," according to
stressed the importance of drivers being patient with pedestrians in a
crosswalk and reminded drivers that pedestrians have the right of way
at any intersection.
children are in sight, slow down and drive within speed limits,
watching for and obeying the slower school speed zones," she said.
children travel safely to and from their destinations during the school
year, state health officials offered the following safety tips for
parents and caregivers to share with children:
Walking to School
Choose the safest route and walk it with children until they demonstrate traffic safety awareness.
Teach children to:
and obey all traffic signals and markings. For example, a flashing
"walk" sign is not an automatic "go" signal. It means a pedestrian has
permission to cross. But must first stop and look both ways for motor
enter the street from between parked cars or from behind bushes or
shrubs. Darting into the street accounts for the majority of child
- Look in all directions before crossing the street; they should look left, look right, then look left again.
- Cross the street at a corner or crosswalk and walk, not run, across intersections.
Riding Bicycles to School
Teach children to:
- Wear a bicycle helmet at all times when bicycling.
- Follow the
rules of the road, which include riding on the right side of the road,
with traffic, not against it; using appropriate hand signals;
respecting traffic signals; stopping at all intersections, marked and
unmarked; and stopping and looking left, right and left again before
entering or crossing the street.
- Not to
ride at night and to wear retro-reflective clothing when biking at
dawn, dusk, or during inclement weather. The risk of injury during
nighttime is four times greater than during the daytime.
should never let children ride on the road without direct adult
supervision until age 10 as traffic skills and judgment thresholds are
not reached until that age.
- Parents should plan a safe cycling route with children and ride it with them to practice.
For more back-to-school safety information, call (303) 692-2589.