Safety tips: Get to school on the safe side of the street


safetySafety Sessions would like to offer some pedestrian and bicycle safety tips for you and your children as the Edmonds School District is back in session on Wednesday, Sept. 9.

  • First and foremost, drivers need to be reminded school is back in session and to obey all traffic school zone speeds and be extra careful in and around school zones watching for unpredictable children of all ages and abilities. This is particularly important as we are coming into the autumn time-change and inclement weather.
  • Before having your child walk or bicycle to school, walk the routes your children will walk or bike to school to point out potential dangers and safe havens if they need help.
  • Teach your children to be wary of strangers and to report any suspicious contacts to a trusted adult or 911.
  • Since there is safety in numbers, urge your children to walk or bike with a buddy.
  • Insist that your children wear bike helmets and teach them the bicycle rules of the road.
  • Make sure your child’s bike is safe; check the brakes, reflectors, and chain guard or take it to a bike shop for a check up.
  • Encourage your children to be highly visible by wearing bright, light-colored clothing.
  • Urge your children to walk against traffic and ride bikes with the traffic whenever possible.
  • Teach your children to cross streets only at marked crosswalks and to watch for turning vehicles. They should make eye contact with drivers before stepping out. Children under 10 should cross the street with an adult or older child.
  • Teach children to look around parked cars or other objects blocking their view before they cross the street.

Safety Sessions highly encourages parents to work together to form a “WALKING SCHOOL BUS” for their children. A WALKING SCHOOL BUS is a group of children walking to school accompanied by one or more adults. 

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