Tips offered for pedestrians, bicyclists

ITD recommends that parents and teachers share the following information with children to improve the safety of school commutes:

  • Never accept a ride from a stranger. If someone stops to offer a ride, make sure you remain more than an arm’s length away and be prepared to run. Pay close attention to what the individual looks like, the kind and color of the car, and if possible, the license plate. Report all suspicious offers to a trusted adult as quickly as possible.
  • Walk with a friend or in groups. Select a route in advance and don’t take shortcuts or side trips. Parents should know where to find you if necessary.
  • Obey all traffic signals and/or crossing guards – never cross the street against a light, even if you don't see any traffic coming.
  • Walk your bike through intersections.
  • Wear bright-colored clothes during daylight hours and reflective material when it’s dark enough for drivers to use their headlights. It makes you more visible to traffic.
  • Don’t listen to loud music while wearing headphones – they prevent you from hearing approaching vehicles.
  • Do not be distracted by walking companions, by reading or by using cell phones.

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Published 8-20-2010