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Safe Routes to Schools

SAFETY FIRST in school zones and near bus stops, please!

Students travel to school by a variety of means: school bus, walking, bikes, public transportation, or in vehicles with family or friends. It is everyone’s responsibility to use caution and stay focused and alert around traffic to ensure children can travel to and from school safely.

According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data, from 2004 to 2013, there were 327 school-age children who died in school-transportation-related crashes; 54 were occupants of school transportation vehicles, 147 were occupants of other vehicles, 116 were pedestrians, and 9 were bicyclists. There were more school-age pedestrians killed between the hours of 7 and 8 a.m. and between 3 and 4 p.m than any other hours of the day.

To further enhance school transportation safety, NHTSA offers the following traffic tips for everyone (motorists, children and their parents):

School bus riders are safest when children:

Walking to school is safer when children:

Biking to and from school is safer when children and adults alike:

Walking and bicycling to school can be fun, and it's a great way to get your daily physical activity. Please be careful in neighborhoods, around bus stops and in school zones!