Traffic Safety Advice: Is Going to School Just a "Walk in the Park?"

Subject: Is Going to School Just a "Walk in the Park?"
From: "BECKETT,WILL (HP-PaloAlto,ex1)"
Date: Mon, 3 Sep 2001 09:30:44 -0700

Fall is in the air and school is back in session. Streets are filled with students of all ages on foot or on bikes, scooters, and skateboards. The kids are getting great exercise and helping keep the air clean but their safety on the way to and from school is not something we can take for granted. This is an excellent time to look at what we each can do to help make Barron Park safer for our young residents.

A quick tour of Barron Park can show many hazards to those moving on their own power. Here are a few:

These obstacles can make those on the road less visible or require them to move dangerously into traffic. Driving practices such as speeding or unsafe passing are also a major problem. Below are some tips for drivers, property owners, parents, pedestrians and cyclists. How can you help?

Tips for Drivers

Tips for Property Owners

Take a look around your own property to see how safely pedestrians can pass. If a child must avoid obstacles by stepping into the street, then they are being put at risk. Overgrown landscaping can make it hard for drivers to see children on their way to school and vice versa. Construction vehicles and pedestrians/cyclists need to be able to see each other. Ask construction workers and regular service vehicles to park safely near your home.

Tips for Parents

Tips for Pedestrians

Tips for Bicyclists

Tips for Skateboarders, In-Line Skates, and Scooters

These practices will make it easier for our neighborhood students get to school. Following these suggestions also makes it safer and more pleasant when any of us decide to get out of the car. Let's all share our streets safely!