All kids deserve to be safe when walking to school, crossing the street, or heading down to a neighbor’s house. Pedestrian safety depends on many factors, including the behavior of those walking and driving, street design, visibility, and other environmental factors. Below are top tips for kids as well as ways to help make streets safer for all.
Top Safety Tips
- Teach kids to always look left, right, left before crossing the street and to make eye contact with drivers.
- Remember to always walk on sidewalks or paths when available. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.
- Be seen by drivers by wearing reflectors or carrying lights.
- As a driver, remember to yield to pedestrians, watch for small children, drive slowly when children may be nearby, and follow posted speed limits.
- When walking or driving, remember to put phones and other devices down to avoid distractions.
- Safe Kids Worldwide – Pedestrian Safety
- American Academy of Pediatrics – Walking and Biking to School
- City of Austin – Vision Zero