Safety Tips for Walking or Biking to School

  • Before school begins, 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. It's never ok to accept a ride without parent's permission—even from people who they know.
  • 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. (The Lynnwood Recreation Center offers helmets for only $9)
  • 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 and look both ways.
  • It's not safe to wear headphones because you may be unable to hear approaching vehicles.
  • 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.
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