Even though it might still be warm outside, school is back in session this week! The weather is perfect for children and their parents to walk and bike to and from school. Walking to school is a healthy habit that benefits the whole community, Being active on the way to and from school not only emphasizes the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity and encouraging healthy lifestyles among children, but also addresses bicycle and pedestrian safety, traffic congestion, and concern for the environment. In addition, students who are physically active on the way to school arrive ready to learn and perform better in class. Walking and biking to school also builds connections between families, schools and the community, and encourages independence in children. The benefits of walking and bicycling to school are abundantly clear!
Enjoy the weather by walking to school with your children. It’s the ideal way to spend quality time with your children while getting some exercise so they can be ready and energized to start the school day.
Here are important safety tips when walking to school:
- Be seen! Wear bright colors or clothing with reflective markers.
- Always remember the “Three Golden Rules:” (1.)Walk – Don’t Run (2.) Stay on the Sidewalk (3.) Walk Sensibly — No horsing around especially near motor vehicles.
- Stop and look Left-Right-Left, behind and front before crossing the street. Keep watching for cars as you cross.
- A “Walk” sign means its OK to cross but you still must pay attention A flashing “Don’t Walk” sign means you should not start crossing. If you are already crossing when the flashing starts, continue crossing to the other side; do not turn back.
- If there is a crosswalk, use it. If not, cross streets at corners or intersections.
- Do not cross the street from between parked cars or run into the street.
- When there are no sidewalks, walk facing the traffic
- Always be sure to watch for cars that are turning and backing out of driveways or parking spaces.
- Have Fun!